The reading program selected to meet this vision in grades K-6 is published by MacMillan/McGraw Hill. Wonders, a common core created edition is used in grades 1 and 2, and the Treasures edition is used in Kindergarten as well as grades 2-6. The instructional materials provide structures that assist with learning to read as well as strategies that help with reading to learn.
Selections are organized around themes with a strong balance between fiction and non-fiction. Students also have opportunities to read leveled books at their appropriate instructional levels to help build confidence and increase fluency as a prerequisite to comprehension. Each of the building blocks of English Language Arts – phonics, reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar – is found within this basal program.
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. The Utah State Office of Education has designated DIBELS as the only “high-stakes” assessment for grades K-2. Third graders’ scores are also reported to the state along with their SAGE and Utah Compose scores. Several schools in the Provo City School District have chosen to track 4-6 grade students using DIBELS but these scores are used only for offering additional support for the student through intervention.
The DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.
SAGE stands for Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence. SAGE is a system of assessments designed to measure student success and growth over the years. These assessments in Elementary schoole are administered in third grade through sixth grade. and continue on through the Secondary. SAGE tests are based on the Utah Core Standards, a set of academic standards that raise our expectations for students and teachers. The SAGE system includes:
- Summative end-of-year tests that assess how our schools and districts are doing. These tests replace the CRTs that were previously administered at the end of the school year.
- Interim fall and winter tests that monitor student progress. These tests are administered by the schools and districts that are choosing to implement them.
Utah Compose is a web-based writing program designed to help students develop effective writing skills and maximize teacher instruction. This online writing tool gives educators and students unlimited access to custom writing prompts, electronic graphic organizers, automated scoring, instant feedback, portfolios, and interactive student tutorials.
Utah Compose is powered by Project Essay Grade ®, or PEG ®, an automated scoring technology originally developed by Dr. Ellis Batten Page and purchased by Measurement Incorporated in 2002. PEG is the industry’s most researched AI system and has been used by MI to provide more than two million scores to students over the past five years. PEG is currently being used by one state as the sole scoring method on the state summative writing assessment, and we have conducted pilot studies with three other states.
In addition, PEG is currently being used in 1,000 schools and 3,000 public libraries as a formative assessment tool. Using advanced, proven statistical techniques, PEG analyzes written prose, calculates more than 300 measures that reflect the intrinsic characteristics of writing (fluency, diction, grammar, construction, etc.), and achieves results that are comparable to those of human scorers in terms of reliability and validity. Students begin using Compose in third grade and continue through twelvth grade.
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