AIMSweb is a complete web based system that provides universal screening, progress monitoring, and data management for students at all academic levels. The program will screen students at North Tahoe School to guide teachers with effective and efficient decision making in reading intervention for intensive, strategic, and benchmark students.
With AIMSweb Reading four assessments are included: Early Literacy, Spanish Early Literacy (MIDE), Reading (Spanish and English), and Reading Maze. The Early Literacy tool identifies critical key reading skills in the areas of phonemic awareness, and the elements of phonics, including letter names and sounds and the ability to read nonsense words. AIMSweb MIDE (Medidas Incrementales de Destrezas Esenciales) consists of six measures of early literacy for Spanish speakers: Letter Naming Fluency, Letter Sound Fluency, Syllable Segmentation Fluency, Syllable Reading Fluency, Syllable and Word Spelling, and Oral Reading Fluency. AIMSweb Reading (English and Spanish) consists of 30 research based oral reading passages where teachers listen to a child read graded passages aloud for 1 minute and calculate the number of words read correct per minute. The final reading component, Maze, is a multiple-choice cloze task that students complete while reading silently. The first sentence of a 150-400 word passage is left intact. Thereafter, every 7th word is replaced with three words inside parenthesis. One of the words is the exact one from the original passage.
AIMSweb is a tool used for all tiers of instruction in an effective response to intervention (RTI) system. At the tier one level teachers will universally screen students for early identification and conduct general education progress monitoring. At the tier two level teachers will monitor at-risk students more frequently to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional changes.
At the tier three level teachers can manage individualized goals, conduct intensive progress monitoring, and document the effectiveness of interventions for those who need intensive instructional services.