Can I pick and choose which lessons I want to teach? Can I change the order of the lessons?
The SIPPS lessons are very carefully sequenced and connected to the controlled-vocabulary texts the students are reading. Therefore, the lessons should be taught in order and you should not skip lessons. Placing students according to their results on the SIPPS Placement Assessment will ensure that students don’t spend time in lessons they do not need.
Do I have to begin with Section A of the placement test or can I begin with a more sophisticated section based on what I know about my students?
For students in grades 2 and up, we recommend that you start with Section A (of either the K–3 or 4–12 placement assessment, depending on grade level) to ensure accurate placement for all students.
For kindergarten and grade 1 students, we recommend that you start with the Screening for Letter Names (which appears just before Section A in the K–3 placement assessment) to verify that students are ready for the SIPPS program.