More Information about our Assessments

Our Products identify reading problems.

  • Our assessment products help educators, tutors and parents identify the source of a reading problem.
  • The software provides a detailed report that can become part of a student’s academic record. The assessment products provide a way to keep track of the progress a child is making in learning to read.
  • This progress tracking capability is valuable in tracking Response to Intervention (RTI) and in meeting requirements for data driven decision making.
  • The software runs on on a browser any computer that is connected to the internet.

Our reading assessment software is based on two related facts about reading—Reading involves a hierarchy of skills that at the lowest level involves the recognition of letters and at the highest level involves the ability to comprehend sentences, paragraphs and entire books. Second, skilled reading has to involve very fast (automatic) and accurate recognition of letters and words. These facts about reading contributed to the design of our assessment software which measures both the speed and accuracy of a range of reading skills.

If a reader has to think about what a letter or a word is, reading comprehension will be difficult and laborious.

Assessment for kindergarten and first grade children

Our assessment software for kindergarten and first grade children measures:

  • Simple perceptual ability
  • Letter recognition
  • Phonological awareness

> More information about these skills

Many of our tasks are completed by having a reading event (e.g., a letter, word or sentence) appear on the screen and the reader makes a response by pressing the space bar or a mouse button.  The computer records the time between the appearance of the event on the screen and the reader’s response.  This provides a very accurate measure of the speed with which the reader can perform a reading task.  A person working with the reader then scores the reader’s response for accuracy.  The scorer can be a teacher or tutor, an aide, or even another student who is capable of judging the correctness of a response.

When a kindergarten or first grade reader completes the assessment tasks (this takes less than an hour) a report is generated that indicates whether the child is at risk for developing a reading problem.  If the child is at risk, the report provides recommendations for intervention activities that can lessen the risk of developing a reading problem.
> View example report

Assessment for grade 3 to grade 8 children

Our assessment software for children in grades 3 to 8 also uses reader responses to provide speed and accuracy measures for several reading tasks.  The tasks the software measures are:

  • Simple perceptual ability
  • Letter recognition
  • Word recognition
  • Non-word (e.g., plok) recognition
  • Activation of the meaning of words
  • Sentence understanding
  • Listening comprehension (adjusted for grade level)
  • Reading Comprehension (adjusted for grade level)

After a full assessment (completed in approximately 2 hours which can be spread over several sessions) our software generates a comprehensive report that indicates whether the child is a good reader, an average reader, a poor reader, a reader who is likely to have a reading disability (dyslexia), or an inconsistent reader who may have an attentional disorder.  The report also provides recommendations for strengthening weak reading skills and it suggests additional steps to take if a reading problem is present.
> View example report

Assessment for grade 8 to adults

Our assessment software for older children and adults contains the same tasks as the software for children in grades 3 to 8, though the difficulty of the reading material in each of the tasks is more complex. As is the case for grade 3-8 children, the software for older children and adults provides a comprehensive report that identifies the nature of a reading problem and provides recommendations for strengthening weak reading skills.

Tracking reading progress

The second purpose for our reading assessment software is to track reading progress. Our software provides an objective and very sensitive way of tracking improving reading skills.  When a reassessment is administered the software randomly samples from a large pool of potential test items.  This allows reassessments to occur as frequently as once per week using a subset of the tasks that are completed in a full reading assessment.

The tasks used to track improvements in reading skill are:

  • Word recognition
  • Non-word recognition
  • Activation of word meanings
  • Sentence understanding

The results of these tracking assessments are provided in tabular or graphic form and reported in terms of accuracy, speed, or grade equivalent percentile.  Below you will see an example of re-assessments of word recognition graphically reported as grade level percentiles.