Many reading tests do not accurately measure a first-grader's skills. A reading test may provide scores that overestimate the child's true ability.
If you think a test did not accurately measure your child's skills, ask the evaluator if the test had enough items to measure the skills of your young child - this is called the test floor.
Ask the evaluator if your child would benefit by more in-depth diagnostic testing.
Progress monitoring tools designed to measure the performance of young children are useful in measuring the development of reading skills in young children.
You can obtain baseline data from criterion-referenced tests, work samples, and from your district's progress monitoring tests (e.g., STAR, AIMSweb, DIBELS-N).
If reading problems are identified early, your child's teachers can make sure that he achieves and maintains grade-level reading skills.