Read Theory

Free! Read Theory is a website designed to assess users’ reading ability by lexile score. To begin, teacher users must first register with the website and then click the “+” button to create a class, and they can then enroll students in the class by choosing the “Creating New Students Accounts” or the “Inviting Existing Students” option. (For this review, we will be using the “Creating New Students Accounts” option.) Teacher users can then manually enter students’ first and last names and they can click the “Add Row” button to continue enrolling students. Once all students are added, teachers can…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.7
B. Design - 9
C. Engagement - 6.6

7.8

The Best Online Reading Assessment for Lexile Scores… and It’s FREE!

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Read Theory is a website designed to assess users’ reading ability by lexile score. To begin, teacher users must first register with the website and then click the “+” button to create a class, and they can then enroll students in the class by choosing the “Creating New Students Accounts” or the “Inviting Existing Students” option. (For this review, we will be using the “Creating New Students Accounts” option.) Teacher users can then manually enter students’ first and last names and they can click the “Add Row” button to continue enrolling students. Once all students are added, teachers can click the “Save and Continue” button. At this point, student users can log into the website and enter their name and the class code. (This information is shown to teacher users after they have entered their students into a class.) Student users will then complete a pre-test to gauge their reading level. After completing the pre-test, Read Theory will load quizzes aligned to the student user’s lexile score. Student users can complete those quizzes. If student users answer questions correctly, Read Theory will indicate that they were correct. However, if they answer incorrectly, Read Theory will provide them an explanation regarding the correct answer before they continue to the next question. As student users complete those quizzes, teacher users will be able to monitor their performance from the dashboard. To do so, teacher users will first need to select the “Progress Reports” button from the top of the screen and then choose the class they wish to view from the dropdown menu. This view will allow teacher users to see an overview of their students’ performance levels. To analyze a single student’s performance from this view, teacher users select a student’s name from the dropdown menu at the top of the screen, and Read Theory will generate a report that is specific student’s performance and aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Please Note: Additional features are offered through this website. Teacher users can click the “Pencil” icon to toggle on and off written questions. In addition, teacher users can click the “Printer” icon to access reading passages and questions by grade level that they can download.

Instructional Ideas

  1. At the beginning of the year, teachers can have students complete the pre-test as a way to evaluate them for lexile score. Teachers can then use that data to inform book recommendations, instruction, and reading groups for the year.
  2. To monitor their reading comprehension, teachers can have students complete 1-3 reading passages in this program a week. Teachers will then be able to use these results as benchmark data.
  3. After taking an assessment, a teacher can meet with a student individually and discuss his/her results. During that discussion, the teacher and student can talk about reading strategies to support that student in comprehending text.
  4. Teachers can view the overall class performance data and use it to plan mini-lessons related to comprehending text.
  5. After students become familiar with the passages and questions used by Read Theory, teachers can let students pick a passage from another source and develop questions for it. Teachers can have students send them the passage and questions via email and teachers can use them to create class-made reading assessments.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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