Using a variety of assessment tasks, the first step we take when getting to know a student is to identify the gaps in student learning. These assessments are conducted with all our new enrollees, and then periodically throughout their attendance. Assessments provide tutors with a set of numerical data that outline progress made and highlight any areas of potential difficulty. Informed by these results, a learning program is tailored to each student’s individual needs.
Following is an outline of the types of literacy assessments we use at Educate Tutoring.
Specific to our literacy approach, a series of standardised spelling test lists are used to determine how students spell words in isolation.
Tutors gauge how students use decoding and encoding strategies when presented with unfamiliar words. This enables the calculation of a spelling age and grade equivalent.
These assessments are used Australia-wide to evaluate’ spelling progress throughout school-based and external learning programs.
Decoding assessments, including pseudowords, words in isolation and words in context, allow tutors to form a broad estimate of a child’s reading ability.
These tests provide an approximate reading age as well as an opportunity to study and analyse a child’s reading behaviours.
A set of assessments, developed by Spalding Education Australia, align with the five literacy components recommended by the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Reading: Phonemic Awareness, Systematic Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension.
Through the use of these assessments, tutors are able to monitor student progress in skills represented within each area of the language arts domain.