DeCoste Writing Protocol
Learn the way students comprehend text best, whether reading independently or by listening with a read aloud accommodation.
With reading, some students decode well enough to understand text, others understand better when listening to content read aloud. uPAR give you data that shows the way each student learns best—and the specific level of text that can be understood by each student when listening (with a reading accommodation) compared to independent reading.
1. Set up a group of students in minutes
2. Evaluate up to 30 students in one class period
3. Scoring is automatic.
Reports clearly show independent reading level and reading level with accommodations.
Both individual and group data is available to educators and administrators.
Summary data shows the number of students who can benefit from an accommodation and the number who don’t benefit from an accommodation. The chart breaks down the percentage who may need both accommodations and interventions or modifications and more intensive interventions. It also shows the average grade level increases achieved with human reader or text reader. Student names are color coded as a visual reference.
Selecting a student name will display individual data. It shows how the student performed in each of the conditions. In the case above with Ryan Stanton, he scored 43% on comprehension quiz after reading the 5th grade reading passage independently. He scored 75% in both the adult reader and text reader conditions at his grade level (8th grade).
Download or print the reports. It will automatically generate and download including one page for each student—perfect for portfolios.
New! Summary reports now include all the assessments taken within your school, district or organization! The summary can even be sorted by a date range.
Relying on subjective judgement, teachers are no better than chance at determining whether a student needs a read aloud accommodation (Fuchs & Fuchs, 2001; Helwig & Tindal, 2003). What happens when students get the wrong accommodations?
• They don’t perform as well as they should
• They don’t use their accommodations because they have the wrong ones
• Teachers and parents don’t agree about which accommodation the student needs
uPAR is based on the work of Dr. Denise DeCoste and Linda Bastiani Wilson, authors of the widely embraced PAR (Protocol for Accommodations in Reading). Their desire was to create a repeatable and systematic assessment process that would not only provide concrete documentation you can use for IEP meetings, but also outline evidence-based practices you can use to make decisions about selecting a suitable reading accommodation for a student being considered.
“We could kind of guesstimate that I think Gavin could read at grade level or a little bit above, but uPar was able to show us that, yes your guesstimation was right, but guess what? Gavin could also read up to sophomore level in high school and comprehend that text.” Kristin Smith, AT Facilitator
“We could kind of guesstimate that I think Gavin could read at grade level or a little bit above, but uPar was able to show us that, yes your guesstimation was right, but guess what? Gavin could also read up to sophomore level in high school and comprehend that text.”
“She quickly became the little girl who was worried that she couldn’t do it, to the little girl who said, “You mean I am smart?” That was just a tremendous weight because she knew from that minute that she could do whatever she wanted to do.” Shellie Parr, 3rd Grade Teacher
“She quickly became the little girl who was worried that she couldn’t do it, to the little girl who said, “You mean I am smart?” That was just a tremendous weight because she knew from that minute that she could do whatever she wanted to do.”
Educators and parents get free access with one or more students set up.
Download the free PDF version of PAR one-on-one or automate the process with uPAR! With uPAR, IEP teams can quickly see which students benefit and which are disadvantaged by accommodations.
Seats, schools, or district-wide
(2+ schools min)
When the data comes out, there’s typically a lot of surprise in the room—typically quite a few students who have been receiving accommodations are shown to perform better without. Quite a few students are found who can get to or even above grade level with accommodations, and many of these students were unnecessarily getting modified materials in the classroom. uPAR turns subjective decision-making based on opinion into objective decision-making based on data.
The uPAR process takes up to one class period (under 40 minutes). Districts are typically implementing uPAR in a lab with up to 25 students. We recommend another class period to go over the data with each student and train on accommodations for the students who need them.
Most states are requiring a diagnostic process to prove that a student needs reading accommodations. This is exactly the type of data uPAR gives. You can export specific student data or print it out as proof a student needs a reading accommodation. PAR is even written into the guidance recommendations in at least one state.
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