Meet the Record of Reading app. Here's what you need to know about it:
1. It's free. So that's reason enough to at least download it on your iPhone or iPad.
2. It was created by Clemson University.
3. It can be used with any leveled reading text or running record assessment.
4. It's simple, straightforward and user-friendly.
5. It saves you time (more time for blogging and Pinterest!)
6. It encourages paperless, organized assessment data.
7. You can email the results instantly to yourself, parents, other teachers, etc.
8. It audio records the students as they read, making it easy to go back, listen and analyze errors.
9. It automatically calculates the words-per-minute score.
10. It automatically determines whether the text was frustrational, instructional or independent.
The screens starts blank and you can fill in the student information and the information that you have about the passage- the running word count (RW), the lexile score and the running record or Fountas and Pinnell level (if that's what you are using). I use the Pearson Critical Reading Inventory so the only information I put in is the running word count and the lexile score.
If you are unsure of how to convert your passages- this is a helpful conversion chart that includes most popular reading level correlations.
Once the child begins to read, you hit the red record button. I keep tallies of the errors as they occur, and make note of anything I want to revisit. The nice thing about having the voice recording as they read is that if you miss an error or you want to analyze the errors, you can listen to it over and over again.
After he or she is done and the recording has stopped, you click on the E or SC column to begin counting errors and self-corrections. If you are unfamiliar with running records, you can learn more about how to administer it and analyze errors here.
The app automatically calculates the words-per-minute, the accuracy rate and the ratio of self-corrections to errors.
There is an area where you can add notes and observations about the reading, and select a fluency score from 1-4.
After you are finished, you can save the record and create a folder for that child.
My favorite feature is that you can email the record as a .pdf or a .jpg! How cool is that?! I love the idea of going paperless and keeping .pdf versions of running records in folders for each of my students. I also love the possibility of playing the recording of a passage to a parent at a conference.
Technology never ceases to amaze me and Apple really means it when they say "There's an app for that!" Marie Clay is probably rolling over in her grave!