Read About Health and Safety Measures ×
post
BLOG AND NEWS

Assessments 101: Identify and Address Why Your Students are Struggling

Sep 9, 2016
 
 

rti-blog-cover

Students in Tiers II and III can spend years receiving services and still struggle in school. Many of these students lack the basic connections needed for reading and comprehension, and the root cause of their weakness may not be addressed with traditional interventions.

 

This does not have to be the case.

 

We believe all students can learn how to read and comprehend to their potential.

 

Reading requires an integration of component parts which must be developed for each individual. While individuals have learning differences, the processes required for reading are not different. The diagram below symbolically represents the subskills which integrate for independent, global reading.

rti-blog-reading-circles-graphic

The Primary Cause of Weak Language and Literacy Skills

Reading is an integration of processing skills: phonological processing, word attack, orthographic processing, word recognition, contextual fluency, oral vocabulary, and comprehension. The primary cause of a weakness in language and literacy skills is a weakness in one or more of the following:

 

Phoneme awareness – The ability to auditorily perceive sounds within words.

Symbol imagery – The ability to create mental imagery for sounds and letters within words.

Concept imagery – The ability to create mental representations for the whole; the dynamic imagery of actions, scenes, movement, etc.

 

The right instruction can bring these abilities to consciousness and change an individual’s ability to read and comprehend.

 

Aligning Student Needs and Instruction

Use assessments to identify specific weaknesses (phoneme awareness, symbol imagery, or concept imagery); and turn those weaknesses into strengths by addressing them head-on.

 

Consider the following for students who have been identified for services:

 

1. Assessing the Skills Needed for Reading

Review your current testing protocol to ensure there is a clear picture for student ability in each of the component parts of reading. More general assessments will not provide the information necessary to make decisions about instruction.

rti-blog-test-skills-graphic
2. Addressing Individual Learning Needs

It is often easy to spot a student who is having a difficult time with reading. Skill assessments help educators know why their student is struggling as well as provide them with ideas for what to do to help.
For example, a student who struggles with reading may have good word attack skills but poor word recognition (see Student A below), or may have deficits in both areas (Student B). Some students may be struggling with reading comprehension due to a weakness in decoding (Students A and B), or may have a separate comprehension issue (Student C).

rti-blog-skills-assessed-table

3. Instruction That Makes the Connection

Instruction that changes learning is based on an individual’s needs. Use the results from the skills assessed to choose an intervention that will address the cause of your student’s weaknesses. Too often, students are provided with services that only address symptoms. For example, traditional reading remediation programs focus on how to sound out words as well as reading and spelling rules. While these activities have value, they do not affect how a student is processing language.

 

Lindamood-Bell’s research-validated programs address the imagery-language connection that is a silent partner to cognition and literacy—often the missing piece in helping students close the achievement gap. Our programs are listed below:

 

Reading and Spelling Programs

Seeing Stars (SI)

Symbol Imagery for Phonological and Orthographic Processing in Reading and Spelling

 

Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing(LiPS)

Phonemic Awareness for Reading, Spelling, and Speech

 

Comprehension Programs

Visualizing and Verbalizing(VV)

Concept Imagery for Language Comprehension, Thinking, and Memory

 

Talkies

Foundational Development in Concept Imagery, Oral Language Comprehension, and Expression

 

A note on group instruction:

Each of the sample students in the table above requires a different learning plan; those requirements, along with grade level performance, can be used for appropriate grouping.

 

Our unique programs can help diverse groups of students learn to read and comprehend to their potential, including students with minor to severe learning challenges and English Language Learners. Lindamood-Bell for Schools provides professional development to individual educators and groups; and we help schools set up RtI models that transform learning. Contact us to learn how to get started: 800-233-1819.

Connect with us
New video! Watch this family's entire testimonial at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
.
At Lindamood-Bell Academy, we address the cause of weak literacy skills with our unique sensory-cognitive instruction. Students enjoy a K-12 curriculum that is individualized to help them learn and thrive!
.
Enroll now for 50% off the first month of Academy tuition.
Back-to-school is right around the corner! So it's the perfect time to get a Learning Boost at Lindamood-Bell—
Students make years of progress in a matter of weeks. 
Our evidence-based instruction improves Reading, Comprehension, and Math. 
Get info at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Your child can make years of progress in a matter of weeks and go back to school with confidence. 
Our evidence-based approach addresses the unique learning needs of each student. 
There's still time to begin a one-to-one summer program!
✨Our approach is proven effective both In-Person and Live Online!✨ 
Get started at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
NEW Podcast Episode at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
A dad joins us to describe enrolling his son at Lindamood-Bell Academy.
Within weeks he witnessed a "monumental difference" in his son's reading ability and his attitude toward school! Listen now - link in bio!
Teachers and families!
Celebrate the Olympic Spirit 🌏🌎🌍🤝
with a FREE Download from Gander Publishing!
This NEW 4-6 grade level lesson packet features imagery questions to develop comprehension and thinking skills. 
Use with the Visualizing and Verbalizing program or any curriculum!
👉 Free download at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Our unique learning environment helps students experience success! 
✅ Sensory-cognitive instruction 
✅ Individualized curriculum
✅ Highly engaged instructors 
✅ Enroll now and receive 50% off the first month of tuition!
Visit our blog for a new testimonial—
a mom describes how her child is growing and thriving at Lindamood-Bell Academy! 
Follow the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Imagine your child with new confidence, ready to tackle the school year. 
Our sensory-cognitive instruction results in extraordinary gains in a matter of weeks.
There's still time to begin a one-to-one summer program.
✨ Our approach is proven effective both In-Person AND Live Online.✨ 
Get started at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
Lindamood-Bell intensive instruction helps students make years of growth 
in reading and comprehension in a matter of WEEKS!
With improved abilities, they can return to school with confidence, ready to tackle the new year. 
Learn more and get started 
at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
Parents, if your child is currently struggling with reading, comprehension, or math, Lindamood-Bell Summer Learning can make a difference. Students can return to school with improved abilities—confident and ready to tackle the new year. Get info at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Lindamood-Bell Academy students experience success right from the start!
✔A highly personalized approach 
✔Evidence-based instruction 
✔Standards-aligned K-12 curriculum
Learn more at our Virtual Open House. 
Watch now at the link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
"In those short five weeks, he astonished us!"✨
.
Lindamood-Bell intensive instruction helps students make years of growth 
in reading, comprehension, and math 
in a matter of WEEKS!
.
This family's entire testimonial is at the link. Watch it now at the link
in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial
Imagine your child starting the new school year with better skills and new confidence.
Lindamood-Bell helps students make years of growth in reading, comprehension, and math—in a matter of weeks.
Let's make the rest of this summer INCREDIBLE.
There's still time to get started! Follow link in bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Teachers and families!👋
Soar Through Summer with a FREE Packet from Gander Publishing!
11 weeks of daily activities that feature IMAGERY questions to develop comprehension and thinking skills. Use with the #VisualizingandVerbalizing program or any curriculum!
👉 Free download at the link in our bio, @lindamoodbellofficial.
Happy Fourth of July! 🇺🇸 
We hope your weekend is filled with friends, family, and loved ones—enjoy celebrating!🎆 🌭 🍔 🍉
Request Information
Menu
Loading ...

Request Information

When you complete our form, we'll send you to our information packet and reach out to you shortly. You may also call us at

Choose at least one option. *
* required

Schedule a Learning
Ability Evaluation

Please fill out the form and we will be in touch to schedule an evaluation.

* required
Chat with a Live Representative