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About the Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Babbin, MEd 

is the instructional support teacher at Lower Macungie Middle School in Macungie, Pennsylvania.

universal screening:

A step taken by school personnel early in the school year to determine which students are at risk of not meeting grade-level standards.

progress monitoring:

A scientifically based practice used to assess students’ academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or with an entire class.

sight word:

A word that a child recognizes and reads without having to sound it out.

reading comprehension:

How well children understand what they read. This is closely related to listening comprehension, but some kids who struggle to follow a story that is read aloud do better when they read silently and vice versa.