This article highlights the English Language Arts Fluency Assessment design for Kindergarten through 2nd grade courses offered by Lincoln Learning Solutions.
In the Lincoln Empowered Kindergarten through 2nd Grade English Language Arts courses, students have the opportunity to practice letter recognition and fluency using Fluency Assessments. Within these assessments, students can record themselves reading letters, sight words, and short sentences. Teachers listen to student responses and can then provide useful feedback to help students build their literacy skills.
FLUENCY ASSESSMENTS WITHIN THE COURSE
In Lesson 1 of the course, students will explore an introduction to fluency. They will begin with the Read It. This content will help students to gain a better understanding of what reading fluency is and why it is an important skill to master. Once they have completed the Read It, students will move to the Assess It to complete a baseline assessment for each fluency type.
These Fluency Assessments serve only as a baseline and are not graded. They will help to identify a starting point for your student’s fluency level and should be a fun, stress-free experience. The Fluency Assessments can be used as a tool to help your student grow throughout the year. By the last set of Fluency Assessments, you and your student will be able to see how much their fluency has improved.
TIP: Allow your student a few minutes to rest between each fluency assessment, if necessary. It might be helpful to allow them to get up and walk around the room or complete ten jumping jacks if they need a break.
HOW TO COMPLETE A FLUENCY ASSESSMENT
Open the Assess It. Click on the blue hyperlink with the name of the Assess It. From there, your student may practice prior to completing the Assess It formally by clicking on the PDF icon at the bottom of the page. When your student is ready to complete the Assess It, click on the Start Recording button. The document your student is to read will appear below the recording box. Have your student record while they read the document aloud. Push the Stop button in the pop-up recording box when your student completes the Assess It. Then, write comments in the text box, as needed, and click Submit Fluency.
NOTE: For more information on how to submit a Fluency Assessment, click here.
English Language Arts K
In English Language Arts K, there is a baseline assessment for Letter, Sound, Word, and Sentence fluency. These baseline assessments are found in the first lesson and mirror Fluency Assessment 1, which is found in Lesson 36. Each Fluency Assessment thereafter contains the Letter, Sound, Word, and Sentence assessment types. You will find Fluency Assessments about every 36 lessons. For a complete list of where each Fluency Assessment can be found, remember to check the Pacing Guide.
English Language Arts 1
In English Language Arts 1, there is a baseline in the first lesson that mirrors Fluency Assessment 1, which can be found in Lesson 20. Each Fluency Assessment, including the baseline, contains Letter, Word, and Sentence types. Starting in Assessment 3, found in lesson 60, through the end of the course, Fluency Assessment topics change to Nonsense Words, Word Recognition, and Sentence types. You will find Fluency Assessments about every 20 lessons. For a complete list of where each Fluency Assessment can be found, remember to check the Pacing Guide.
English Language Arts 2
English Language Arts 2 includes a baseline Fluency Assessment followed by 12 additional Fluency Assessments found, on average, every 15 Lessons. Each Fluency Assessment will focus on Nonsense Words, Word Recognition, and Paragraph types. For a complete list of where each Fluency Assessment can be found, remember to check the Pacing Guide.
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