In the fall of 2018, Langdon Area Middle School created a separate reading course for students who were more than a grade level behind according to their STAR 360 Assessment.
By Stephanie M. Hochhlater
Langdon Area High School
As a part of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant, we were able to purchase several reading programs to help these struggling readers. Throughout the process, we have been monitoring their progress using measures provided by the curriculum and an independent assessment called EasyCBM. In each measurement cycle, students have shown continual improvement.
Last month, we had several students test out of decoding and fluency interventions and move into comprehension interventions. One student made significant gains which resulted in them testing out of the separate course and back into the middle school language arts course. The Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) team received even better news this week when they analyzed the data from the latest STAR 360 assessment. On average, 7th and 8th graders increased their reading by 5.63 percentile points. The students in the reading interventions grew an average of 11.56 points, where students not receiving intervention grew 3.5 points. This illustrates that the intervention group’s reading skills are not only improving, but they are improving at a rate faster than students who scored at or near grade level. This data implies that by continuing with the program, students will be able to close the gap and catch up to grade level.
What is even more exciting is that the data shows these successes carry over into other subjects. The math STAR 360 tests have shown similar growth results. The intervention group gained 5.19 percentile points, while the other students grew 2.0 points.
The team will continue to advance the MTSS program with further steps including interventions for strategic students (one grade level behind) and continual data analysis to improve instruction to all students in a district-wide effort to increase reading skills. Data has shown a great start with the new MTSS program, and LAHS is committed to constantly modifying and adapting to best meet the needs of the entire student body.