As you know, there are some major shifts happening in U.S. elementary reading due to the growing Science of Reading (SoR) movement.
At Literably, we’ve been working for the past few years to ensure our growing suite of literacy assessments is aligned to the SoR research, so we can best support educators and students.
We’re very excited about this work, which has been recognized with grants from the US DOE and the Tools Competition.
I know you have a lot on your plate, so I’ve distilled our work into this blog post. In this post, you’ll learn about:
- Our New SoR Assessments
- Plans for Our Fluency Assessment
- How Literably Can Help
In this moment, we’d love to hear how we can best support you. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re having a lot of conversations with educators right now, and we’d be delighted to hear your perspective.
We’re so grateful for the opportunity to support you and your students. Thank you!
1. Our New SoR Assessments
First, we talked to educators. Most educators had three priorities. They wanted their reading assessments to be faster, more accurate, and more actionable.
Most educators used multiple reading assessments, but each assessment fell short on at least one priority. Specifically, they were:
Building a Better Assessment
Aligning to Instruction
To ensure the data is actionable, Literably now offers both pre-built assessments and the ability to customize Literably to align to certain skills and/or curricula. With these new customization features, teachers can use Literably to measure exactly the skills they want to measure, so the tie between assessment and instruction is strong and clear. And we’re working to enable even easier curriculum-alignment, including tools to build and deploy custom assessments at the school or district level, and pre-built assessments aligned to popular curricula.
If you’re interested in the idea of curriculum-aligned assessment, please contact us at email@example.com. We’re actively collaborating with schools and districts, and we’d love to hear what you’re looking for!
To summarize so far:
Below, we’ll cover plans for our fluency assessment. Before that, check out some quick screenshots from Literably’s newest assessments:
2. Plans for Our Fluency Assessment
The Research Behind Literably Oral Reading Fluency
As you probably know, Literably started as an oral reading fluency (ORF) assessment. As with other ORF assessments (e.g. DIBELS), the research on Literably ORF is based on words correct per minute (wcpm).
An Oral Reading Fluency Assessment Built for the Science of Reading
When we first launched Literably, we heard overwhelming demand from teachers, schools and districts to display texts with their guided reading levels. Based on that demand and our own understanding of best practice, we added that feature to Literably. But Literably ORF’s underlying research was still based on fluency and wcpm.
Now, as some schools move away from guided reading levels, we’re working on a new version of Literably ORF explicitly designed to support these schools and districts. Based on educator requests and our own research, this new version of Literably ORF will include decodable texts at the lower grades, and we’re very excited at the potential to report on both overall fluency and decoding skills in context.
If you’re interested in the idea of a purpose-built SoR ORF assessment featuring decodable texts, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re actively collaborating with schools now, and we’d love to hear what you’re looking for!
3. How Literably Can Help
How can Literably help in a Science of Reading context?
Literably offers unique benefits for schools shifting towards SoR. In particular, Literably offers:
What are you looking for?
We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity we have to partner with educators. If you have questions or ideas about what you’d like to see, please let us know! We would love to talk with you! You can contact us anytime at email@example.com. Thank you!