Differentiation Checkpoints built into the READ 180 Workshops give us the perfect opportunity for whole and small-group differentiated instruction, and the various "grouping reports" available in SAM give us all the data we need to group our students according to their individual needs. However, there may be times when delving into an individual student's reading data helps us find trends to unlock their full potential.
Here's the process by which I identify my most struggling students and pinpoint how to best support them...
STEP 1: Identifying Need
Pull up your Growth Goals Report and look for students who have not yet met their yearly progress goals. Then, look to see which of those students are not on pace to get there (eg., you're halfway through the year and they have not made half of their expected growth).
Run your Comprehension Skills Report. Look for students with high numbers of skills below benchmark.
Compare the Comprehension Skills Report and the Growth Goals Report to see which students overlap. Those that do are most likely to be the students who need the most individual attention in the weeks to come.
STEP 2: Pinpointing Weaknesses
Pull up the Student Diagnostic Report for each of the identified students. Look for trends and skills that may relate to each other (like Finding the Main Idea and Reading for Detail).
With your Comprehension Skills Report still handy, listen to and analyze several of the student's Success Zone recordings. Note general fluency and phonics issues, but also try to determine whether any of the student's word recognition or spelling errors (from the Diagnostic Report) manifest themselves during their reading.
STEP 3: Targeting Problem Areas
Armed with our data, the READ 180 Instructional Model offers us plentiful opportunities to address the issues we identify. Use whole and small-group differentiation times to target these students' specific needs (chances are there are more than a few students who could also use the review!) Pull the students aside during their independent reading time and work on some of their skills with the books that they are reading. Use tutoring or other flexible times to delve into the deep instruction and practice they need.
You might be surprised at how much progress a little extra focus and attention can make for each student!