MAZE - comprehension fluency
A MAZE is a standardized, curriculum-based measure that is designed to estimate how well students understand grade-level reading materials. Examples of MAZE passages can be viewed on the AIMSweb training website. One-minute MAZE passages & instructions, developed by Stan Deno, are available for purchase at edcheckup.
To develop your own MAZE passages, the first sentence is left in-tact. From that point forward, every seventh word is replaced with a choice of three words: the correct word, a near-distractor, and an unrelated distractor. The students are given standardized instructions, and asked to silently read the passages, circling the correct response. This is a timed subtest that is administered three times (with three different passages) in one setting.
Oral Reading Fluency
Oral Reading Fluency is another standardized CBM that can be developed from district curricular materials at Intervention Central, downloaded free from Easy CBM , or purchased for use at sites such as Edcheckup or AIMSweb. A measure of how quickly and accurately a student can read a passage in a given period of time, it quickly identifies fluency difficulties which, in turn, can negatively effect comprehension.
Holton Middle School students are provided fluency instruction within the Six Minute Solution; thus, our fluency assessments are completed within that program to facilitate intervention placement.
Writing Probe generators are available at Intervention Central, as well as training in this form of CBM.
The easyCBM math measures are suggested for the purpose of screening and progress monitoring for our math teachers, as they have been developed based on the skills identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Focal Point Standards, and were developed to focus on the next skill level of conceptual understanding, as opposed to basic computational skills, by grade level.
NOTE: While all of the measures within the easyCBM website are free for teacher use, each teacher must first register for his/her own account. Provided within this site are summaries, training seminars, and assessments designed to quickly get you "up and running" on screening and progress monitoring. There are also capabilities of utilizing computer assessments, and of entering student results to be able to track individual, and whole-class progress on a classroom basis. This link will take you to the easyCBM website, but you will not be able to completely access it, or to access the assessments until you first register.