What are ELA Labs?
ELA labs are grade specific interventions to help students in building their
reading and writing skills. Lessons are taught with a focus on filling in gaps
in learning and providing extra help in the skills they are building in their English classes.
Lab Classes –
Helping Students Get Extra Support In order to identify which students could benefit from extra academic
support and figure out what we can best do for them, we use the Response
To Intervention (RTI) process. The Lab classes are a Tier 2 step in this
This is a summarized list for any parent that is curious about how student
progress is monitored and what each monitoring tool assesses. These are
the scores you can view in the grade book. They are recorded as a
PERCENTILE grade. The goal is to have students performing at the 50th
percentile or better.
Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM)
Fluency and Writing
There are two Curriculum Based Measurement tests. One tests reading
fluency and one tests writing fluency.
To assess reading fluency, students read a leveled passage out loud to the
teacher for one minute. As they read, the teacher marks words that are not
read correctly. After the minute is over the student’s total number of
correctly read words is added up to calculate their score. Students read
three different one-minute passages and the median score is recorded.
To assess writing, students are given a sentence as a story starter (prompt).
They get one minute to brainstorm a story that fits the prompt and five
minutes to write as much of their story as they can. The number of words
written, words spelled correctly, correct punctuation, and correct writing
sequence are then taken into account when grading this assessment.
MAZE – Comprehension
The MAZE progress monitoring is the timed reading of a story. Students
have three minutes to read a story. As they are reading they will come
across parentheses that have three-word choices. Students need to circle
the correct word to ensure the story makes sense. This test helps to assess
their comprehension skills.
STAR Testing- Comprehension and reading and writing skills
This test will be administered monthly and assesses a variety of reading, writing, vocabulary, and language skills.