Having to evaluate a child's reading skills can sometimes be a difficult task. You must be very careful when you are making comments on your student's report card. In order to accurately assess your student's schooling skills, you will want to make notes throughout the school week on your student's progress or lack-thereof. A good rule of thumb when writing these comments is to make sure to refrain from using too many negative words, and always attempt to put a positive twist on a negative issue. If this is not possible, write the comment with as much sensitivity as possible, and also follow up this comment with a suggestion to improve the situation. The entire purpose of these comments is to give the parents of your student's a better understanding in how their child is performing in various subjects. Since letter grading alone does not give the parents enough information pertaining to their child's progress, these report card comments are pivotal for this purpose. Remember to always keep your comments short and directly to the point. When you have to write many comments take a moment to go through your notebook and re-read the comments you have made throughout the reporting period about this particular child. This is very important because you will not want to confuse a child's behavior with another student's, or forget several main comments you wish to inform their parents.
This article does a good job of explaining the importance of fluency in the role of reading development. I am curious as to why some of the newer computer tools, such as Reading Assistant, a product that was orginally authored by Marilyn Yaegar Adams, as Charlesbridge Fluency Program, and then Soliloquy Reading Assistant, was not included in resources that can be beneficial to tracking wcpm and comprehension. This tool is engaging and provides a wealth of information on the students' oral reading abilities and comprehension using authentic literature selections.