We are just into our second year of Levelled Literacy Instruction. Quantitatively, we keep track of results through the progress monitoring feature of our data warehouse. It allows us to see pre and post benchmark levels as well as see progress over time. It is necessary to examine both quantitative and qualitative aspects relative to a particular resource.
The following three students received LLI for a six week block. They were reading just below grade level but were making no progress in small group literacy instruction. In six weeks of LLI in addition to their small group literacy instruction, these three students made 3 – 4 levels of growth. They are now reading at or above grade level. Warms the heart!
Student #1 began reading at level “L”. Six weeks later the student is comfortably reading Level “O” books and is at Grade Level Benchmark.
Students #2 & 3 began at Level “L” and six weeks later are reading at Level “P” (above grade level Benchmark).
Qualitative data is also important when examining these student’s growth. Thanks to Brenda, (the Learning Resource Teacher) who summarized why LLI works so well. LLI allows for students to read at their instructional level. However, for many students when reading at their instructional level, they are actually finding the reading frustrating or challenging. LLI provides for easier reading by building reading of books at the independent level into the instructional reading. The opportunity to get good instruction with easier reading material is very important. AND built into the LLI program right within each lesson is a comprehension component, teaching kids how to get meaning from their reading.
Levelled Literacy Instruction (Fountas & Pinnell) is a reading intervention that is based on good reading pedagogy and a resource that has all components at the instructor’s fingertips. The data, both qualitative and quantitative, documents growth and gives credibility to the resource. In this case, these students have had an intervention provided that has changed reading from being frustrating to successful and enjoyable. Yeah!!