George – Year 8

George* began working with Educate Tutoring in Term Three, 2019 to access academic support. He has been following a Spalding-based program focusing on the sound/symbol connection, word analysis and developing decoding and encoding skills.

The graph below shows George’s reading progress.

READING ASSESSMENT

Word Decoding

At the time of initial assessment, George’s chronological age was 13 years. His equivalent reading age** was 9 years and 7 months, approximately 3 years and 5 months below the expected level for his chronological age.

After only four months of tutoring when George’s chronological age was 13 years and 4 months, his equivalent reading age was 10 years and 3 months. This showed an overall increase of eight months, which was now 3 years and 1 month below the expected standard for his chronological age, showing that he had begun to close the gap.

After another seven months of tutoring (11 months in total) when George’s chronological age was 13 years and 11 months, his equivalent reading age was 13 years and 9 months. This showed an overall increase of 4 years and 2 months from his initial assessment, which now showed that he was reading only two months below the expected standard for his chronological age.

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Initially, George showed gradual improvement as he developed spelling and decoding strategies when reading unfamiliar words. 
In the following months, George’s ability to independently make connections and apply these spelling and reading skills has given him the confidence to engage with texts for personal enjoyment. 
He regularly shares feedback with his tutor about books he is enjoying at home.
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*Student details have been changed.
** Equivalent reading ages calculated using standardised test norms.

Please note these results were obtained through an individual Academic Intervention Program consisting of weekly one-hour tutorials over an eleven month duration. 

Educate Tutoring cannot guarantee results as student progress is dependent on a range of factors including but not limited to:

  • Consistent tuition attendance
  • Family commitment and support
  • Student engagement