How should Ms. Begay assess her students’ reading levels and progress?

Page 4: Administering and Scoring (Step 2)

Before you can administer and score reading CBM probes, you must first gather the appropriate materials. These include:

  1. A stopwatch that displays seconds
  2. A pen or pencil
  3. Student form
  4. Teacher form
  5. Graphing materials or computer software to plot score
Time Savers for Administering and Scoring CBM Probes
 If you are creating your own probes:

  • Set aside a basal textbook as the assessment book to use to create probes. Do not give this book to students.
  • You may want to type the text into a computer document so that the computer can do the word count automatically and so that you can make as many copies as you need.

Whether you are creating your own probes or using existing ones, it’s a good idea to:

  • Collect all the probes you are going to use throughout the school year as soon as you determine the reading level of your students.
  • Create a “measurement station” for your classroom and store the students’ probes, graphs, pens and pencils, a stopwatch, and other CBM materials in it.
  • Schedule administration of CBM probes as a regular part of the students’ routine.
  • Whenever possible, use a parent volunteer, paraprofessional, or older, more capable student to administer and score the probes.
  • Choose probes that, when appropriate, allow for group administration.
  • When appropriate, use computerized measures to administer and score the probes (see our list of available CBM software).
  • Build a repertoire of strategies to keep a record of the instructional techniques that you have tried. That way, you can quickly implement a new strategy in the event that a student’s instruction needs to be changed.

Demonstration of Administering and Scoring CBM Probes

Click on each student picture below to view a sample administration of three types of CBM measures.

José Louisa Luke
José
Word Identification Fluency
Louisa
Passage Reading Fluency
Luke
Maze Fluency

Activity

It’s your turn! Practice administering and scoring reading CBM probes. Click on each student picture below to practice implementing different types of CBM probes. Try all three and compare the differences in administration and scoring.

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José

Word Identification Fluency

Louisa

Passage Reading Fluency

Luke

Maze Fluency

 

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