Awesome Program–It is hard to believe this is a freebie!
To activate the website, you will need to sign up by going to the site (https://readtheory.org) or click here.
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There are two options to create accounts. The teacher can click the create new student accounts and enter data for the students or in the case of older, more-independent students, have them navigate to ReadTheory.org, click students sign up, and follow the prompts. They will need your teacher email to enter into the form. When they have completed the task they will click the “Send Invitation” button. The teacher will then log i ad accept the student from their account. Teachers will receive progress reports AFTER students have completed a pretest and taken one program quiz. You can create multiple classes and easily add students by checking the box next to their name and using the drop down “add to” button.
I recommend sending home the parent flyer (click on FAQ to access) or access here. It gives a good overview of the program and let’s parents be aware their student can access this from anywhere with internet.
Students will automatically be given a short pre-test (8 questions). This can be used as a benchmark. Students are placed according to their pretest scores and are leveled up as they score well on quizzes. The teacher can access the lexile level of the passages they complete. One nice feature is the ability to “reset progress” if you have a student who took a pretest and you feel it is not reflective of their ability. (I know–they ALWAYS do their best and give 100%–but just in case). Please note the short pretest needs to be finished in one setting.
Students move directly from the pretest to a level-appropriate passage. Passages are high interest and vary from early elementary to college level. They are aligned with the common core. Students can change the text size by selecting the A under the title.
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Students receive instant feedback. They earn knowledge points which can be motivational. These unlock extra titles and games built into the program. Challenge questions are slightly more difficult and worth additional knowledge points. After each question, there is a bar at the top indicating how many questions they have answered and how many are left.
At the end of the passage, students are given a progress report.
Wow–Data collection is made easy in a free program. The teacher dashboard (accessed by clicking on the graph icon) gives a graph of your students knowledge points. quizzes taken, grade level performance, and lexile level performance. On the grade level graph, green scores indicate the student scored 90% or above and will be moved up a level. Blue scores are scores between 70-90 percent and the student will remain where they are. Red scores indicate a score below 70% and the level will be easier on the next passage.
Written Response Question
This can be toggled off/on. If selected, students will be given a written response question for each quiz they take. Student responses are sent to the teacher dashboard and their responses may be accessed by clicking the pencil at the top. The teacher will see a graphic organizer with the name of the student author, date written, and quiz level which they may score.
Some free printable which can be used for RTI.
Excellent valuable data in easy to access form.
Individual practice at reading level.
Free! Wow–what a great resource to supplement instruction.
You cannot print passages and have students complete on paper. Internet access is required. There are, however, assessments available for printing. Click the printer icon to access.
Pretest gives lexile of each passage so students can see their level and infer whether they answered the previously question correctly. This is may be discouraging for struggling readers.
Does not allow student choice of passages.
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Questions for each passage appear in standardized test format, helping students to prepare for high-stakes testing. Each passage contains these types of questions
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May Day-Haymarket Incident May 1
Osama bin Laden
Palace of Versailles
Crown Jewels and Thomas Blood
J Edgar Hoover and FBI
WWII Gas Rationing
Cultural Revolution China
Brown v Board of Education
Plessy v Board of Education
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Bonnie and Clyde
St. Louis Arch
Scripps Spelling Bee
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