Just Words® is designed to monitor student progress through each of the 14 Units of the curriculum. As students progress through the Just Words curriculum, mastery will be examined both through formative assessment/progress monitoring as well as summative assessment.
Formative Assessment includes:
Progress Checks: Progress Checks are conducted at the beginning of each Unit (starting at Unit 2). Teachers administer an assessment that provides an ongoing measurement system that objectively demonstrates each student’s progress with the word structure taught in the Just Words curriculum.
Unit Tests: At the end of each Unit, students are given a Unit Test to determine the application and mastery of concepts for that Unit. The test includes a dictation measure to evaluate mastery of spelling skills and charting of phrases to evaluate automaticity of decoding skills. Teachers meet with students individually to discuss their understanding of the concepts and chart their scores. In addition to assessments, students also chart their own progress.
If the majority of the class does not progress, additional instruction will need to be provided. If an individual does not progress, the teacher will provide additional individual instruction (intervention lessons) and upon further evaluation a student may be placed in a more intensive (Tier 3) program, such as the Wilson Reading System®.
Midterm Review: The midterm review includes everything that students have learned thus far including concepts from Units 1 through 7 and the Bonus Unit. There are two parts to the midterm.
- Midterm Part I: The first part of the midterm is a dictation test. The instructor dictates the sound words, phrases, and sentences. Students repeat and then write independently.
- Midterm Part II: The midterm exam tests nonsense word marking, multisyllabic word marking, spelling, adding suffixes, and matching prefixes and roots.
Final Exam: The final exam covers everything that has been taught from Units 1 through 14. There are two parts to the final exam.
- Final Exam Part I: The first part of the final exam is the dictation test. The instructor dictates the sounds, words, phrases, and sentences. Students repeat and then write independently.
- Final Exam Part II: The final exam tests adding suffixes, making words plural, multisyllabic word marking, identifying prefixes and matching roots.