The Wheldall Assessment of Reading Lists
a test of oral reading fluency for younger students
The Wheldall Assessment of Reading Lists (WARL) is a quick and simple measure of reading performance, designed to identify younger low-progress readers and for monitoring reading progress.
Who is it for?
The WARL is designed to assess the reading of students in Years 1 and 2. It is suitable for use by classroom teachers, learning support teachers and other school personnel involved in literacy instruction.
The WARL is a companion tool to the WARP (the Wheldall Assessment of Reading Passages), which assesses students with a reading level in the range Year 2 to Year 5.
How is it administered?
The WARL provides a set of 100-word lists, each of which include a selection of the most frequently occurring words, which students read for just one minute. The number of words read correctly provides a measure of the student’s level of oral reading fluency, and the benchmarks provided allow for the easy identification of the bottom 25% of students. As a fast and simple measure to administer, the lists can then be utilised on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to monitor the performance of individual low-progress readers.
How does the WARL relate to Response to Intervention?
Assessment is an important part of a Response to Intervention (RtI) model, as educators need to determine when students need more intensive instruction (and also, when they no longer require intensive instruction).
This assessment must be conducted frequently (and therefore quickly), and must be a valid measure of an entire academic area (in this case, reading). Curriculum-based measurement satisfies these criteria, and as the WARL is a curriculum-based measure of reading, it can be used for this purpose.
Within an RtI model, the WARL can be used for screening, progress monitoring, and instructional decision-making.
- Quick and easy to administer
- Administration does not require special qualifications
- Lists have been specifically designed to be of similar difficulty level
- Can be used to screen large groups to identify those at risk of falling behind
- Can be used to monitor the progress of individual low-progress readers on a regular basis (i.e. weekly), allowing for adjustment to instruction
- Includes easy to use benchmark/cut-off scores
- Purchase of a Kit also includes access to an online record-keeping and charting tool to track students’ progress and produce reports
The WARL Kit consists of the following components:
- Presentation Booklet, containing 3 different Initial Assessment Lists and 10 different Progress Monitoring Lists from which students read during the test
- 30 Initial Assessment Lists Record Forms (sufficient for 30 students)
- 15 Progress Monitoring Lists Record Forms (sufficient for 15 students). The form includes an area to manually chart a student’s progress.
Please note: Both the Initial Assessment Lists Record Forms and the Progress Monitoring Lists Record Forms can only be used once. Replacements will need to be purchased from MultiLit once the Forms provided in the Kit have been used.
In addition to the Kit, a specifically developed tool for the management and charting of student test scores is provided. This tool is located in the Members’ Area on the MultiLit website (multilit.com) and will be available to anyone who purchases the WARL.
Although no specific training is required to successfully implement the WARL, the one-day ‘Measuring Student Reading Progress for Schools’ Professional Development (PD) Workshop is highly recommended.
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