"The student completed a verbal section from a sample 4th grade SSAT, and he also completed a decoding and reading comprehension assessment from the Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI)
The student read leveled word lists of twenty words from the QRI aloud. He read the level 4 list with 2 errors, level 5 list with no errors, and level 6 list with four errors. This suggests that he decodes at grade level independently, and his instructional reading level is between 4th and 6th grade.
He read a passage from the SSAT about Harry Houdini. He answered 4 out 4 comprehension questions correctly.
He read a level 4 passage from the QRI titled, "Amelia Earhart" aloud. He read with five miscues. He substituted has for had, and 3 of his omissions were short words as. He omitted the word because when it was broken apart at the end of the text line be-cause. His retelling of the passage was well-detailed, and he described the theme of the story before retelling the events of the story in sequence. He answered 8 comprehension questions based on the passage - 4 based on the explicit content of the text, and 4 based on the implicit content of the text. He answered 3/4 explicit-based questions correctly. He answered 4/4 implicit based questions correctly, although his answer to one question included details from the text and details from his own imagination.
He read the passage about Harry Houdini silently. He answered 4/4 comprehension questions correctly. He also read a 15 line poem and answered 4/5 comprehension questions correctly. The question he missed asked him to explain the actions of the poet in the poem. He selected the wrong answer, twice. The third time, he selected the correct answer, and then I read through the poem with him, highlighted important lines, and explained how the highlighted lines were clues to the correct answer.
He wrote a three paragraph story based on a picture of kids playing in a sandbox. His writing was organized, paragraphs were clearly separated, and his story had a clear beginning, middle, and end. However, many of his sentences were run-ons, he frequently confused the homonyms there and their, and his story did not include many details about the scene shown in the picture. I reviewed these errors with him and he separated his run-on sentences with periods and rewrote the correct homonym. I reminded him that his story should reference some more details about the picture. I also reminded him to indent his paragraphs.
He completed a synonyms section from the SSAT. He answered 5/7 questions correctly. He missed the words abolish and convey. I will make vocab cards for these words in the next session.
He answered 7/7 analogies correctly. He also answered a spontaneous analogy correctly - his logic and answer were correct.
Future sessions will focus on subskills of reading comprehension: facts, main idea, sequence, context clues, conclusions, and inferences. He will also practice vocab synonyms and analogies."