joanne abrams
Mon Sep 7, 2015 11:30

I agree as well. The NWF assessment is hit or miss at best. I have experienced so many mixed results it's hard to know which students it's reliable for. For example, several of the students by year end can look at those three letter words and not miss a beat...yet when reading orally their decoding is not all that strong...especially when not using context clues. I have come to view at as more of a useful tool for knowing their letter sounds and really nothing more, as it relates to reading fluency.

  • NWF - brittanyavery, Mon Sep 7 10:50
    Yes, Melanie I agree with you 100%, and I was so glad to read this and hear Dr. K address this as well. Even parents ask why their children are being assessed on words that have no meaning! I do not... more
    • NWF - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 7 11:30
      • Re: NWF - brittanyavery, Mon Sep 7 11:32
        Yes, knowing letter sounds is basically the only thing it's good for!
        • Aggravating - Melanie McLeod, Mon Sep 7 12:34
          Yes....then it's crazy that we have to take quality instructional time out of our lessons to practice and monitor Nonsense Word fluency. I hope they eventually eliminate this part of the assessment... more
          • Aggravating - Regina, Wed Sep 9 17:16
            I agree! I have always disliked the nonsense word assessment. Not only do we have to assess each student, but then we have to take the time to progress monitor the students that are not proficient.... more
            • Re: Aggravating - byrdaw, Mon Sep 14 18:33
              I would like to be informed of that reason as well. I believe there are numerous other ways to assess if students have the ability to decode words without using nonsense words. Are there other... more
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