Then, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, Holy C.O.W...I'm Published, I went to a workshop presented by a good friend and colleague, Beth Estil. She had developed an intervention with the COW results. After a few years of trial and error and tweaking, I came up with an intervention we used at our school.
Let's Start with Kindergarten
Group 1. COW as an Enrichment
Groups 2. and 3. COW as an Intervention in KindergartenThe second and third groups of kindergarten students are chosen using your Fall PALS scores. Looking ONLY at the Word List. Students who score in the 0-3 range are considered Developmental Students. Students who score in the 4-6 range are considered Rudimentary Students. (The characteristics of each are in the original post.) Using this "rating scale," if you will, to create two intervention groups. Any students who scored a 7-10 were considered to have Firm Concept of Word, and interventions were not necessarily.
Groups 4. and 5. COW as an Intervention in First GradeThe fourth and fifth groups are found in first grade. Historically, first grade COW was not a priority in first grade, it was an optional test. However, our data history also showed the VAST MAJORITY of the students who were being seen in our RtI meetings, had a low score in kindergarten. We decided to in the winter of 2013, to do the COW optional test as a universal screener. Starting in Fall 2014, we tested any incoming first graders without a kindergarten COW score and first graders with a low COW score. Once, again the 0-3 and 4-6 score of the word list created groups.
We have also noted the referrals to our RtI committee has decreased since we started this intervention.
If you would like a sample set of the COW intervention, CLICK HERE.