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11 Finely Graded Levels


Students keep track of their own work in the Student Record Book. They enter their correct scores and their percentages. Students and teachers can see the progress on their Power Builder Progress Chart. In Reading Lab 2 series & 3A students will be directed to remediation lessons (called Skill Builders) based on their response to specific questions on the Power Builder Answer Key Card. These lessons can be done independently or the teacher can take the opportunity to provide additional small group instruction. With information provided in the SRA Reading Lab teacher manual, specific Power Builder cards can be assigned to ensure that the student have practice opportunities sufficient to master the targeted skills. This assessment and remediation resource is also available with the Word Study activities found on the back of the Power Builder card.

The assessment provided in the SRA Reading Lab gives teachers a true picture of what their students have mastered as the students are asked to respond in a situation where the teacher may not have recently taught.

During student conferences, the teacher will want to evaluate the student's attitude and adjustment to independent work as well as his or her performance scores. Guidelines for when a student is ready to move to the next colour power builder are given in the Teacher's Handbook. Generally, a typical student should complete at least six Power Builders in a level and achieve scores of 85 to 100 percent in both the Comprehension and the Learn About Words sections before moving to a higher colour level. Some students may need to finish all Power Builders in a level before they move to a new colour.

The Student Record Books, maintained by the student, are invaluable guides to the diagnosis of his or her reading difficulties, progress, and long-range educational potential. Many schools, therefore, retain the covers of the Student Record Books that contain the Progress Chart, to pass along to the students' new teachers for the next school year. Thus, the new teachers have a complete record of what level each student started in, how many levels each student attained, and how well he or she did in each part of the programme.

Student Record Books can be used in parent conferences, in student guidance, and in curriculum improvement by analyzing the functional reading levels and revising as needed to individualize learning opportunities.