Before leaving for Thanksgiving Break, my students took the SRI test for the second time this year. This test measures each student's lexile level. This is an exciting time for my students but also creates a bit of anxiety in both my students and me, the teacher! These students give up their elective to take this class, so I definitely want them to feel as though their hard work is worth it! As you can see from the chart below, we would like students to be between a 970-1185 at the middle school level. Before the test, I gave the students a pep talk, had them look at their first score, and then sprinkled them with fairy dust (aka glitter). Don't worry! I only sprinkled those who wanted to be sprinkled!
I told students they were welcome to take a bathroom break, go get a drink, or just get up and stretch at any time during the test. They were so focused! After about twenty-five minutes, students began to finish. One by one, I'd hear an excited voice say, "Mrs. Karney, I finished!" Most students had big smile on their faces! Below is a chart showing each student's growth since the first test this year. Of course, I cut off the students' names! I was beyond thrilled with their results.
According to Scholastic, students should expect to gain 75-100 Lexiles per year!
I then asked students to figure out how many points they'd grown since the first test and write it on my poster. They were SO excited to do this! I can't wait to see how much they improve by the end of the year. Some of my students have made enough progress to allow them to leave my class at the semester. :)