Regression on SPI for SPED and ELLs

I have given the Phonics Inventory each time I have given the Reading Inventory. Each time my students in System 44 have regressed on the Phonics Inventory dropping from developing to beginning. I try to prepare them by telling them that this test is about speed and accuracy, but I have not seen an improvement. Also, I have noticed that my SPED students may progress on the 3rd Ri, but many dropped significantly for this last one. I even deleted the scores and made any student that decreased retake it. Some students retook the these test 3 times this week. Any suggestions?

Posted on: April 19 2018
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  • AskDee

    I've been thinking about your situation. I think that the regression depends upon the handicapping condition. It is not the normal response. I have had some teachers take a seat behind their SPED students when they take the Phonics Inventory to make certain that they are attending to the test and are not distracted. You may have to do that also for the Reading Inventory. (1 of 2) Dee, Ask Dee at the READ 180 Community


    The Standard Error of Measure on the Reading Inventory is about 60L. If student scores are dropping more than 60L, the look for what is interfering with the testing situation before re-testing. I would also consider trying to take some of the pressure off of the students. Taking the test three times in the same week may be adding to possible text anxiety. Wait a week or two before re-testing, if that is determined to be needed. Email me directly at AskDee@sbcglobal.net. (2 of 2) Dee

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