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Copy of DSA Spelling Inventory

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Virginia Coffey

on 16 December 2014

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Transcript of Copy of DSA Spelling Inventory

DSA - A Closer Look

Word Journeys
Kathy Ganske

Spelling Analysis

The DSA is a spelling inventory utilized to determine a student's developmental spelling stage:
Letter Name
Within Word Pattern
Syllables & Affixes
Derivational Relations

Beginning of the year:
Screening List to determine feature list to administer
Feature List(s) to find developmental spelling level for instruction

Feature Lists to see progress/growth and adjust instruction

End of Year:
Feature Lists to document progress/growth

What/When to Administer…

Become familiar with the spelling inventory.
Administer 20 word screening
(beginning of year) to determine which feature list to give.
stop when student has spelled 0 or 1 word correctly out of a set of 5
determine the student's spelling stage
Administer spelling stage feature list
to students in small groups.
Say the word, read the sentence, say the word again.
Let the students know that the words will get progressively difficult and that they should try his/her best.

How to administer…

score only whole words correct
Feature lists:
Score each response using the following point systems:

2 points
= entire word is correctly spelled.
1 point
= targeted feature is correct; entire word is not. ex:
at for
0 points
= targeted feature is incorrect ex:
ip for

FIGURE 2-5. Interpreting stage scores on the Feature Inventory.
Source: Ganske, K. (2000). Word Journeys. Assessment-Guided Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction. Guilford Press. NY, NY.

Determining Stage Scores

Here’s where it gets a little tricky:

The letters after each word on the answer card correspond with a specific spelling feature.

ie: the five words with "K" are assessing long vowel patterns in the S&A Stage.

For each Feature letter count the words with a score of 1 or 2 = feature correct

Analyzing Feature Performance

Organize the papers by spelling stage (DR to LN: high to low)
Start entering student's scores in the derivational relations stage and make your way down the pile of papers.
Record the stage and feature scores
Determine TOTAL inventory score by adding all scores in the gray columns for a total score between 0-100.

Recording Results

Use the data to…
create instructional groups
focus your word study instruction
Monitor progress of students.

Using the data…

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