Online Reading Assessments
Homeschool parents can find a variety of reading assessments to meet their needs and those of their children. One way parents can begin evaluating the reading progress of their children, is to check their state Department of Education website, for Grade Level Expectations (GREs).
Simple reading assessments, like the Dolch reading lists or the San Diego Reading Inventory can give parents a quick grade level estimate. The Dolch lists rely, mainly, on a child’s knowledge of sight words, many of which cannot be sounded out and must be memorized. The Sandiego lists cover grades one through ten.
At Mind Play, second through tenth grade students can do an online assessment and receive a free report that includes a score of average, above average or below average, with information about areas for improvement in phonics, vowels, consonants, word structure and comprehension. Independent and instructional reading levels are provided.
A very comprehensive reading assessment can be found at Let’s Go Learn. K-12 students complete the Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment (DORA) on the internet. There is a fee, but the $20 seems worth it, as parents are then sent a very detailed report containing grade levels in several elements of the reading process. A summary of strengths and needs is also provided, along with individualized recommendations and teaching strategies.