K12 Timed Reading

K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite is a free down loadable application that allows readers in grades K-4 practice fluency by reading short, timed stories. It was created by K12 Incorporation as part of its comprehensive Language Arts and Phonics curriculum. Improving fluency allows readers to read smoothly and quickly so they can focus on comprehension rather than on decoding words. The application features more than 250 short, engaging stories for young readers, a variety of fiction and non-fiction stories and 46 Flesh-Kincaid reading levels between 0.0 and 4.7. It can be employed as an essential reading tool within the classroom.  K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite permits teacher’s to rack one reader, multiple readers, or even a whole class as they read. It allows teacher’s to track stories read, words per minute, percent above or below average reading rates, and to view the upcoming stories on the reading list. The application also allots teachers to view recommendations for moving up or down in reading difficulty based on recorded Words per Minute scores. K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. A full version of this application is available through iTunes for $1.99, it includes more stories and the opportunity to add more students.


How to useDirections on how to start utilizing the application

Classroom Implementation:
How to use the application within the classroom

Running Record:
A tool that allows you to assess a student's reading performance as she/he reads from a benchmark book.

Student Progress Chart:
Student data from the use of the Application

Lesson Plan:

A way to integrate into daily instruction

A quick glance at how well the application sells and  customer remarks about the product

Websites associated with the application

Link to my Blogger Blog about the use of the iPad and the application in the classroom

How to use:
1) Download the application from iTunes.
2) Add a student to the reading list.
3) Choose appropriate reading level for the student.
4) Happy reading!

Sneak in a few minutes during silent reading.
  Ideally you are already reading alongside your students during this time rather than using it to
   catch up on other paperwork. 
Use before and after school.
     There always seem to be those one or two students who arrive at school 10 minutes early or
     stay a few minutes after dismissal.
3) Literacy Center.                                                                                                       
    If your classroom uses centers/stations during reading instruction, you can use a skill to 
    incorporate with the reading story.
4) Reading Intervention
    Teacher will ask higher order thinking questions as students read a short stories to help build comprehension.
5) Running Record
    Teacher can use as a running record to help build on vocabulary and fluency.

Running Record
1) Select a story that approximates the student's reading level. Explain that she/he will read out loud as you observe and record her/his reading skill.
2) With the running record form in hand, sit next to the student so that you can see the text and the student's finger and eye movements as she/he reads the text.
3) As the student reads, mark each work on the running record form by using the appropriate Running Record Symbols and Marking Conventions.
4) If the student reads incorrectly, record above the word what the student reads.
5) If the student is reading too fast for you to record the running record, ask her/him to pause until you catch up.
6) Be sure to pay attention to the reader's behavior. Is the student using meaning (M), structural (S), and visual (V) cues to read words and gather meaning?
7) Intervene as little as possible while the student is reading.
8) If the student is stuck and unable to continue, wait 5 to 10 seconds, then tell her/him the word. If the student seems confused, provide an explanation to clear up the confusion and say, "Try again."

Marking a Running Record Form
Several terms are used when marking a running record form. 
*Errors (E)--Errors are tallied during the reading whenever a child does any of the following:

--Substitutes another word for a word in the text
--Omits a word
--Inserts a word
--Has to be told a word                                                                                                                                   

*Self-correction (SC)                                                                                                                                                         Self-correction occurs when a child realizes her or his error and corrects it. When a child makes a self-correction, the previous substitution is not scored as an error.

*Meaning (M)                                                                                                                                                              Meaning is part of the cueing system in which the child takes her or his cue to make sense of text by thinking about the story background, information from pictures, or the meaning of a sentence. These cues assist in the reading of a word or phrase.

*Structure (S)                                                                                                                                                              Structure refers to the structure of language and is often referred to as syntax. Implicit knowledge of structure helps the reader know if what she or he reads sounds correct.

*Visual (V)                                                                                                                                                                    Visual information is related to the look of the letters in a word and the word itself. A reader uses visual information when she or he studies the beginning sound, word length, familiar word chunks, and so forth.

Scoring and Analyzing a Running Record
*Error Rate 
 Error rate is expressed as a ratio and is calculated by using the following formula:
 Total words / Total errors = Error rate

99 / 8 = 12.38, or 12 rounded to nearest whole number
The ratio is expressed as 1:12.
This means that for each error made, the student read approximately 12 words correctly. 

*Accuracy Rate
Accuracy rate is expressed as a percentage. You can calculate the accuracy rate using the following formula:
(Total words read – Total errors) / Total words read x 100 = Accuracy rate
(99 – 8) / 99 x 100 = Accuracy rate
91/99 x 100 = Accuracy rate
.919 x 100 = 91.9%, or 92% rounded to the nearest whole number

You can use accuracy rate to determine whether the text read is easy enough for independent reading, appropriate to use without frustration during reading instruction purposes instruction, or too difficult for the reader. The breakdown of these three categories is as follows:    


1) Easy enough for independent reading = 95 – 100%                                 

                                      2) Instructional level for use in leveled reading session = 90 – 94%
  3) Too difficult and will frustrate the reader = 89% and below

         The good thing is that K12 automatically records the accuracy rate.

Student Progress Charts

When students track their own progress on assessments using graphic displays, the gains are even higher.
Letting students track their progress allows them to take pride in their learning and encourages them to be responsible.

Lesson Plan:

K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite is an excellent tool to integrate into any reading lesson. It can be used to teach any reading skill and objective. 
Lesson: Main Idea
ES: I can use important details to find the main idea of the story.
APK: Can anyone tell me how we can find the main idea of a story? Where can we find the information?

TIP: It is important to find main ideas when reading. Main ideas help readers remember important information. The main idea of a paragraph tells the topic of the paragraph. The topic tells what all or most of the sentences are about.The main idea is the main reason that the story was written.
SAP: Teacher will read a story aloud to students. Teacher will have students to write down important details or events that occur in the story as he/she reads. After reading, teacher will allow students to help determine what the story was mainly about (list ideas). teacher and students will discuss and choose the best details to support the main idea. Teacher will model how to place information in a graphic organizer.
Students will read a short story using the
K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite application. Students will then complete a graphic organizer using information form the text.

Ranks #158 in Education (iPhone) on Sept 30,2011

*Needs Improvement byFuture runner(3 stars)
1. Add comprehension questions.
2. Add the ability to record. This would allow a child to hear his mistakes and then re record to hear improvement.                3. Add the ability to tally reading errors to get a true WPM score.
4. Add graphs.

5. Add a reward system of some kind to encourage daily practice.
*Needs comp questions by Lyndsey M (4 stars)                                                                                                                  I would be willing to buy if the full app had comprehension questions at the end of each story. Great app though!
*Fantastic for tutoring! by Allthegoodnicknames (5 stars)                                                                                              Supervised aloud reading makes this app the BEST for reading learning. The systematically increasing difficulty of these short stories is a reading tutors treasure!
*Comprehension questions needed by Learning specialist (3 stars)
Reading apps are really needed and this fills a true void, however reading is about more than rate. Speed without comprehension is useless. The addition of a comprehension component to this app would turn it into a five star ap.
Great start - needs comprehension tests by Patient 4 (2 stars)                                                                                           I like the app. My child likes the app, too. However, without comprehension tests there is no way to know that he is getting what he is reading.
*Timed Reading by I-phone Junky (5 stars)                                                                                                                    This app is well constructed and does exactly what is described. This app targets the component of reading fluency and does so thoroughly and without distraction. I use this in my private practice with students of all ages and I recommend the app to many parents and other reading professionals as well. It keeps track of each student and their information by name and provides pertinent interpretation of data Kids love using the iPad and so, are very motivated to use the app. Users who are criticizing this app for not including items such as comprehension questions and lack of pictures need to read the description of the app again. I would find such items distracting to the intended use of the app. This app is also very well priced and deserves a full 5 star rating.


Here are a few recommended links to use if interested in learning more about K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite:

                                                                                                                                                                  Here are a few blogs to show how I utilized K12 Timed Reading Practice Lite within my classroom.
Week 1
Week  6
Week 7