Reading Specialists and Itinerant Teachers on the go may want to check out Metassessor, an RtI tool by Intervention Development. With this iPhone app, you can quickly assess a reader, track strategies, and assess text for readability within a student’s capabilities. Readability gauges a student’s ability to read a particular text with accuracy (word recognition and fluency) and comprehension.
The RtI model for readability has three tiers. Tier 1 (Independent level) consists of learners in a general classroom where further intervention may be warranted. Tier 2 (reading with assistance) is for students whose gains appear slow within the core curriculum, and need more targeted instruction. Progress is then monitored and data is able to be collected and viewed. Tier 3 (frustration level) is for students that receive intensive intervention, and data/diagnostics are recorded to modify interventions for specific areas of strengths and weaknesses to explore or probe. These are the kids that struggle with word recognition, comprehension, and are struggling to function at the levels of their peers.
On opening, you can enter a reader’s name, date of birth and contact info. Just as a word of caution, you may want to check out your school’s policy on taking student photos and adding in data on students to your personal phone. Once that info is in, you can begin to assess your reader. Here text is read and timed and then you are given comprehension questions. By marking correct, ½ (almost), or incorrect, Metassessor will then place the student on a particular tier level, and account for levels in all three reading levels. In the photo, I am on level one for pre-K/K. A snapshot of my progress is taken and graphed automatically. The ability to view interventions in the Intervention History and log in specifics for a session, is invaluable for tracking data, and will make it easier to be more accurate during IEP time. Assessment passages cover pre-K through 12th grade, and provide comprehension questions with each passage.
A great little feature, if you are using a standard curriculum of books, is the text matches by RtI level, author and title for a student; however these must be inputted directly by the teacher prior to selecting this. It may also be used as a nice way to reference successful reads or materials used in a session.
Being able to share a student’s progress and collaborate with parents or other team members is another bonus with this easy to navigate app. Report info includes: The Reader Profile Report: the RtI level, Notes specific to phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, motivators for a particular child, challenges and recommendations. The reports are professional in appearance and are comprehensive.
Metassessor can be an invaluable tool for any teacher’s toolbox. Its ease of use and ability to cross reference data will prove to be an asset for reading teachers on the go and those with many children on caseload. It is also a quick reference to a child’s present levels, and helps keep data on those kids that may not need intervention, but that need periodic monitoring.
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play everyday; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.