MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
MAP is a standardized, computer-based assessment, that is given to students in 1st-8th grades in the fall and spring. Students are tested in the areas of Reading and Math for grades 1-5 and Reading, Math, and Language Usage in grades 6-8.
MAP is aligned with the Illinois Common Core Learning Standards and scores are reported in RIT numbers, which is a value special to this test. Students' scores may indicate an instructional level in a particular subject.
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DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment)
The DRA is administered to 1st-5th grade students by Reading teachers, on an as-needed basis. Classroom teachers make referrals for this assessment if they need more information about a particular student. All students receiving supplemental reading support are given the DRA at least three times per school year.
All kindergarten students at Hampton School are given DRA literacy tasks three times per year (fall, winter, and spring).
Reading Group Instructional Programs:
ALL kindergarten students are in a daily 20 minute Reading group! Students complete daily Tuck-in's, which coorelate with the Kindergarten Superkids Reading program that is taught in the classroom. In addition to the Tuck-in's, students engage in appropriate literacy-based enrichment activities.
In first grade, students qualify for additional Reading support. During their small group time, students have extended support in the skills being taught by Mrs. Johnson. We teach with a balanced literacy approach (combination of phonics and sight words). Enriched guided reading, comprehension, writing, and spelling are all included in our time together. Groups meet for 50 minutes/day.
Students in 2nd grade receive additonal literacy support based on their needs. Some groups may focus more heavily on fluency and comprehension, while other groups may provide support using our Language Arts series (Journey's by Houghton Mifflin). Groups meet for 35 minutes/day.
We use Houghton Mifflin's Soar to Success Reading Intervention program for students in 3rd-5th grades. This program focuses on how to apply reading strategies to help with decoding and comprehension through guided, small group instruction. This is a highly effective, research based program. Groups meet for 35-45 minutes/day. Other supplemental materials to promote grade-level literacy are incorporated on an as-needed basis.