Wham is a three-minute teacher-friendly phonics assessment scored online with reports, activities and reminders.
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WHAM is a three to five minute digital assessment administered one-on-one and scored online with reports, reminders, and practice pages available. Teachers need to know what students know so they can teach to each child's strengths and needs. A digital assessment will provide teachers with more time to teach and require less time to assess.
Students who cannot sound out words quickly are unable to comprehend text. Current paper and pencils assessments take 10-15 minutes to administer, plus additional time to record into a spreadsheet, analyze the needed skills for each student, and prepare the lessons. Teachers need to minimize assessment time to maximize instruction and learning time.
All students not yet reading at grade level or new to your school can be given the assessment. Students read word lists, nonsense word lists, and words in text in all levels of the assessment. English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with low cognitive skills often struggle with nonsense words as they try to make meaning from the words.
Print out the Wham Phonics Student Page and hand it out to the student. As students read words in each section, the teacher sits by and taps the word or words that are read incorrectly. If a student scores 80% in a category, the assessment moves to the next skill. When a student scores less that 80% in two consecutive skills, the assessment stops. The scores are recorded as red (below benchmark) or green (proficient).
Wham should initially be administered at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. Additionally, every three weeks; a common midpoint in the teaching and learning cycle used in implementing interventions, or as your district requires. Teachers can set up a reminder email to get a notification about tests that are due.