She was given a scantron performance test through her charter recently, and though I was given little "interpretation," the score charts I've found online definitely indicate she was advanced. (At one point during the test the partner teacher suddenly got concerned, thinking the computer had malfunctioned bc it had DD in "the big kids area.". DD protested, "no, no, I can do it!"). Anyway, there was like a 600 point difference between her phonics and phonological awareness scores and her reading comprehension scores. That totally fits - she sort of gets phonics, but absolutely doesn't hear them. She has also always been a little behind other kids in motor skills, coordination, etc., and with academic stuff that most affects handwriting - shaky, lots of reversals... It's getting there, but I still scribe for her 90-95% of the time outside of specific handwriting practice so it doesn't slow her down. Lately I've realized another big limitation on her writing is spelling. She's not willing to try to invent it, and knows very few words (though probably a grade appropriate amount). Still, learning new spelling words has been like pulling teeth. Had more success this week when I ditched phonics and trying to hear the sounds and just went with visualizing the word.
So... A good test would perhaps identify if this phonics weakness is a larger problem, right? Is this the kind of thing where testing might be worth it, so I'm not surprised by larger issues in a few years, or do I just keep helping her find work arounds (like the visualization thing)?
Thanks for any advice.