Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Best Indicator of Reading Success

By far the MOST reliable early indicator of reading success is the ability to quickly say all the sounds in the Soundabet.

Other tests (DIBELS comes to mind) may have a lot more data behind them, but in an opinion formed over 28 years in the classroom and watching students go on from kindergarten into the grades to come, there is simply no other indicator that is as predictive of reading success as knowing all the sounds in the Soundabet.

It always makes my day when someone adds this accomplishment to their kindergarten credentials.

Today was Luke's day. Here he is:

Luke is the second student this year to reach this milestone.
There's a whole posse of students right behind him.

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