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    Hi glad to share. I love the ORF grade because it really helps put other grades and in general how a child is doing in reading into perspective. We use the DIBELS assessment. Are you familiar with this? If so I generally use the progress monitoring passages to get my ORF grade. I have in the past (pre DIBELS) I have used leveled passages or just listenend to them read from a book. I also have used Read Naturally. I prefer the DIBELS passages because it is more suited to what they would actually be reading on their own. Anyhow, I listen to them read for one minute making the necessary marks like a running Record.

    To get a grade I take the number of words read correctly and divide it by the number of words they should be reading at different times during the year. This number has been gotten from our DIBELS assessment. I teach 2nd and at the beginning of the year children should be reading 40 WPM, mid year - 70 wpm, and at the end of the year a child should be reading 90. Here is about what my scale would look like it is at school, but this is pretty close:

    August - 40 wpm
    September - 47 wpm
    October - 54 wpm
    November - 62 wpm
    December - 70 wpm
    January - 74 wpm
    February - 78 wpm
    March - 82 wpm
    April - 86 wpm
    May - 90 wpm

    I have these numbers taped to my desk and each time I listen to a child read I can quickly pull up my calculator and have a grade. Let's say it is November and I have 3 children read to me. The first child reads 64 WPM. Automatically I know they have a 100% because 62 is how many they should be readiing and they read over that amount. Next child reads 54. I divide 54 by 62 which is an 87%. Next child read 34. Again I divide 34 by 62 which is a 55%. It is easy and accurate. I hope this helps.

    What I have noticed is that it is especially great for those kids who cannot read fluently or even at all, but they can pass a comprehension test. I am sure that you know the kids I mean. They are smart kids and can figure out the answer to just about anything, but bless their hearts they cannot read. It makes it really stand out to the parent, other teachers, student support teams where the problem is. When you have a child that can do the work, understand the story, and all those grades are good and then you have a glaring f in this one area it helps you convey that this child needs help with this. Also I am all about accountability seeing as how it is in our faces more than ever. I am not sending on a child that cannot read with straight A's. This is often the case when they come to me. Straight A's but can't read. Anyhow, so sorry this is so long and I know it is way more info than you asked for. It's late and I can't sleep so I might as well sit here and type. :rolleyes:

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