3 Different STAR Reading Tests, 3 Different Scores

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3 Different STAR Reading Tests, 3 Different Scores
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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 8:45pm

Nathaniel took the STAR reading test (its how his school gauges what reading level they are on for the AR program) at the end of last school year.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
That's a tough one, Rebekah. Can you just keep practicing? Maybe let him continue to read out loud and work on doing it more to himself as time goes by? I'm sure that reading it out loud forces him to slow down, and he might need to train himself to read that way silently.

Sorry I'm not much help.

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I started trying to show him to read silently but still form the words w/ his mouth. My sister took Dyslexia Training this summer and she said that they taught her that Dyslexic children benefit more from reading outloud for 3 reason. One they see what they are reading, two they hear it and three they feel their mouth form the words. So they take in what they are reading 3 ways. I've also thought about getting myself a copy of whatever book he is reading for AR and we read it ourselves silently at the same time then I can talk to him about what he read.

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That's a good idea about reading the book with him.

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This may not be what you want, but, take the attitude that he will grow of this need as he gets older? Kind of like potty training, they all do on their own schedule, but chances are he will not need to do this when in college.

And if he does? Well, I would put this in his IEP. Both for testing in the school as an accommodation, and for future state or college entry testing. I think it is great that his teacher realized that it is what he needed. Formalize it.

But, chances are, as his brain adapts to reading more and more, he will need the aloud time less and less. But if he doesn't that is fine. A teacher friend of mine was telling me how in college she was hired by the school to read the text book in an engineering class to a student. He could read a little, but not long paragraphs, but did fine while listening. He apparently had Pi memorized out to like 700 places. Yes this is different, but not a hindrance. The biggest problem may be other kids who don't understand and make fun of him.
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I do hope he grows out of it, that is what I would like to see happen. He has already come a long way with his learning so I have every reason to hope he will grow out of it. I do worry about kids making fun of him eventually, like next year when he is in middle school and all SPED classes are inclusion. He won't have a resource room to go to, at least that is my understanding.

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Star Reading scores actually have a range, so the first two scores are not signiifcantly different. The best thing for you to do for your child is to have him read out loud everything at home, then, over time, lower his volume. By the end of the year he should be reading with only his lips moving. He will benefit from the reading aloud, and wean down the scaffold during the year.

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We do currently read outloud, have for a long time. I had never thought of weaning him off of that gradually though. Great idea, I will definitley give that a try.

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We do two different drills at home to help with DS' Reading Fluency.

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We do the same thing for reading weekly, he actually gets a passage home to do this week each week. I have never done it with writing though.....will consider it though. I think it would really help him. I know I need to do dictation with him too, to help him write what he hears more accurately b/c taking notes is going to be big part of middle school.

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