Dolch High Frequency words represent 220 words that make up between 50 and 75 percent of all print in English. These words are foundational for reading, and explicit teaching is essential since many of them are irregular, and cannot be decoded with regular rules of English phonics.
The first step to teach children with disabilities the words is to take a baseline of students' reading vocabulary. Start with the "pre-primer" word list, and stop when students' performance falls below 60 percent accuracy of the words in a grade level list. Use the Dolch Flash Cards: you can simply place the incorrectly read words in one pile, and the correctly read words in another pile, and complete the checklist from the two stacks.
The Checklist/Data Sheets
These checklist/data sheets make data collection pretty straightforward: all you need to do is to record the student's responses as you flip through each level's flashcards.
Sample IEP Goals.
When given the Pre-primer Dolch High Frequency Words on Flashcards, Jimmy Student will correctly read 80% in three out of four consecutive trials.
Given the First Grade Dolch High Frequency Words on Flashcards, Linda Pupil will correctly read 32 of 41 words (80%) in three out of four consecutive trials.