Why are some of the questions so hard?
Our quizzes need students to get some questions wrong, so they can determine the ‘ceiling’ of their ability levels. This means there needs to be a range of easy and hard questions. It’s okay if the student doesn’t know the answer, as long as they try their best!
Do I have to take both quizzes?
Yes, Reading Checkup needs scores from each quiz to determine what skills and activities are best for your child.
How do I view the data?
After the student completes a quiz, you can see the data by clicking on their name. The score will appear on the graph. Once the student has multiple scores their progress will be connected with a line, to show progress! All scores will also be listed below in a table.
What does the Age Equivalent score mean?
Vocabulary skills start to develop at birth, so we use a score called the ‘Age Equivalent’ to measure this ability. For example, an Age Equivalent score of 4.5 means that the child who completed the quiz has the vocabulary skills of a typical child who is 4 ½ years of age. View our in-depth description here.
What does the Grade Equivalent score mean?
Reading skills really start to develop when a child starts school, so we use a score called the ‘Grade Equivalent’ to measure this ability. For example, a Grade Equivalent score of 2.3 means that the child who completed the quiz has the reading skills of a typical child who has been in second grade for 3 months. View our in-depth description here.
How often should students take quizzes?
We recommend taking the quizzes approximately every six weeks to get new activities and update the child’s pie chart.
How can I help my students successfully complete the quizzes?
Sit with the children one-one-one or in a small group. Help support the child without giving them the answer. It may also be helpful for the student to tell you their answers.
What does it mean when the pie chart says: “Child-managed” and “Adult-managed”?
Children learn best if they spend some time practicing with an adult and some time practicing by themselves.
1. Child-managed: time child spends by themselves practicing skills
2. Adult-managed: time child spends with an adult learning a new skills
What does it mean when the pie chart says: “Meaning-focused” and “Code-focused”
Early literacy skills can be split into two main categories:
1. Code-focused: This includes areas like phonics, spelling, and fluency; these are skills that focus on turning letter sounds into words.
2. Meaning-focused: This includes areas like vocabulary, comprehension, and writing; these skills that focus on reading or writing for understanding.
Our research shows that children learn best if they receive the right balance of activities, split between these two main categories. Use the pie chart to determine what your child needs most!
Where can I find additional online texts to support recommended minutes in the pie chart?
There are multiple online texts that can be used with the activities from Reading Checkup. Searching the web is great place to start.
Below are a few resources we suggest:
Which recommended activity should I pick?
There’s no right-way to use the recommended activities, but there are some characteristics to consider if you want to narrow down the options!
Think about how much time you have available; would a longer activity be better, are you looking for something that could be completed over multiple days, or would something short and sweet work better?
Click on the title of a few activities to preview the directions; does this activity or game sound like something you and the child would enjoy?
Reading Checkup has lots of options so don’t be afraid to pick a few or narrow it down!