How to use Storia's reporting data to gain insight into your students’ reading behavior and customize instruction
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
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Storia comes with reporting data that gives you insight into numerous details of your students’ reading behavior. And because Storia provides multiple leveling systems, it also helps you understand your students’ leveling choices for independent reading.
With this information, you can design instructional activities to help your students grow as readers and you can customize instruction to maximize each student's reading growth.
The Storia reporting system, which you access through the "Reading Reports" screen, will give you a picture of your students’ reading performance and their progress as readers. Every action your students take on Storia is saved as student data. The reports give you a window into this data.
Reviewing Storia reports will help you understand both specific and general performance behaviors—areas that need improvement, as well as areas of strength. You can use this information to plan and customize instruction for your students.
Just as assessment should be informal and ongoing, reporting should also be a frequent and ongoing process.
The "Reading SnapShot" report provides information about each student’s overall reading performance at a point in time, including information about:
- Time spent reading
- The number of e-books completed during that time period
- How many enrichment activities were accessed
- The 25 words most recently looked up in the Storia dictionary
- Detailed information on the last five e-books read
You can also gain insight about a student’s reading performance in a specific e-book by looking at the data contained in each e-book: By clicking through each book that a student has read, you can view:
- Number of pages read
- Total time spent reading the book
- Specific words looked up in the Storia dictionary
- Reading challenge quiz results
Strategies for Using the Reading SnapShot Report
Compare Reading Performance for Different Periods
By changing the date range of the reading report, you can get a sense of your students’ reading performance during a fixed period. You can then compare that reading performance with subsequent time periods.
This information will help you anticipate future progress and tailor your instructional plans accordingly—or go back and help students address issues.
Look at Progress for a Single Time Frame
Progress can also be noted within a single date range. Just choose the duration of time that you want to evaluate by selecting from the drop-down menu. The report tells you if:
- Students are reading at their “just right” levels
- The reading levels of your students’ book selections increase
- Students show variation in their choice of genre and theme
- Students select a balance of fiction and nonfiction books
- The words accessed in the dictionary are at their “just right” level or higher
- The words accessed seem to increase in reading difficulty over time
If you want more detailed information than the information provided in the "Reading SnapShot" report, you can continue to scroll down the reports screen to see the "Reading Over Time" report, which provides detailed information about your students’ reading progress.
It includes three report views.
Usage Over Time
You can use the "Usage Over Time" reports to view up to 12 months of aggregated reading data. The two types of usage data include information about:
- Time spent reading
- E-books completed
Growth Over Time
You can view student growth over time by reviewing the average reading levels of the e-books your students are reading. Each book contains average reading level information derived by adding up the Guided Reading Level and the Lexile Level of each e-book. By viewing the average reading level of the e-books a student is reading over time, you will get a sense of the consistent level at which the student feels most comfortable reading independently.
Reading Logs provide a granular view into your students’ reading progress. There are three types of reading logs:
- Book logs show you every book the child has read, and a summary of what occurred with that book
- Session logs show you every reading instance of a particular e-book in the same way many students log their reading for homework or during independent reading time
- Reading challenge results enable you to view the results of the reading challenge quizzes, if they are available. Reading challenge quizzes assess literal information from the books and are designed to ensure that students are reading e-books at an appropriate level for basic comprehension.
Here are ways you can use the reading reports to tailor instruction for each student.
- Review reports to find out more about which books each student gravitates to and the level of those books. This can help you direct your students to books that may interest them or genres and topics that might accompany content-area instructional themes.
- You can use the list of recently accessed vocabulary words as part of individual vocabulary instruction. You can also look for trends in challenging words by identifying words that more than one student has looked. You can then integrate these words into whole-class instruction, which will help students who have been challenged by the word, reinforce the definition for those students who have looked the word up, and proactively assist students who have not yet encountered the word, but may find it difficult when it is encountered.
- Note the amount of time spent reading, then work on a plan to strengthen the student's reading stamina. Look for upward trends in time spent reading to ensure that a student’s reading stamina is improving. Use this information to set individual and classroom goals about time on task.
- Review the use of enrichment activities and use this as an opportunity to talk with your students about which enrichments they have interacted with and what they may have gained from the activities. By discussing the activities with your students, you can reinforce the instructional goals of the enrichment.
Your students will read at different levels. And each will have different learning needs and strengths. But you can gain insight into your classroom reading experience as a whole by reviewing multiple student reports as a group.
- Observe class trends in genre or book interest
- Observe the vocabulary words to develop a vocabulary teaching plan
- Compare selected students to create small reading groups or to assign buddy reading for readers at similar levels
- Use the information in the reports to note the trends in class reading levels. Then plan read-alouds and target classroom reading instruction accordingly.
Storia reports provide a powerful tool for identifying and making sense of reading behaviors and using data to plan and implement an informed instructional plan.