Diagnostics

Really Great Reading's Complimentary Assessments

Foundational Skills Survey

Kindergarten Foundational Skills Surveys 

Download the KFSS

The Kindergarten Foundational Skills Surveys are a complimentary set of assessments commonly use:
  • in Kindergarten
  • with older students to who perform well below expectations on the Beginning Decoding Survey or Beginning of Year 1st Grade FSS
One-on-one assessment of pre-decoding and early decoding skills, including:
  • Functional Vocabulary 
  • Phonological/Phonemic Awareness 
  • Letter Knowledge 
  • Decoding 
  • High Frequency Word Reading 
The data collected from these assessments can help you determine whether foundational reading skills are being established at an appropriate pace, pinpoint specific gaps in knowledge and plan appropriate, targeted instruction.
The results of these surveys can be plugged into our Grouping Matrix™, a free, web-based system that enables you to group students according to the type and depth of their decoding difficulties.

Foundational Skills Survey

1st Grade Foundational Skills Surveys 

Download the 1FSS

The 1st Grade Foundational Skills Surveys are a complimentary set of assessments that are commonly used:
  • in 1st grade
  • with older students who perform well below expectations on Beginning and Advanced Decoding Surveys
One-on-one assessment of 1st grade foundational literacy skills, including:
Simple and complex single-syllable words (including short vowels, digraphs, blends, closed syllables, and various long vowel spellings)
  • Decodable two-syllable words
  • Selected sight words
  • Optional assessments for sight words, letter sounds knowledge, and letter names knowledge
The data collected from these assessments can help determine what type of basic literacy instruction will prepare students to meet the foundational skills expectations for the end of 1st grade.
The results of these surveys can be plugged into our Grouping Matrix™, a free, web-based system that enables you to group students according to the type and depth of their decoding difficulties.

2nd-12th Diagnostic Decoding Surveys

Download the DDS

The Diagnostic Decoding Surveys are a complimentary set of assessments that includes the Beginning and Advanced Decoding Surveys and are commonly used:
  • in 2nd grade through 12th grade
The Beginning Decoding Survey assesses a student’s ability to read:
  • Simple and complex single-syllable words (including short vowels, digraphs, blends, and closed syllables in real and nonsense words
  • Selected sight words
The Advanced Decoding Survey assesses a student’s ability to read:
  • Complex single-syllable words (with short, long, r-controlled, and variant vowels and complex consonant constructions like trigraphs and 3-sound blends in real and nonsense words)
  • Decodable two- and three-syllable words
The results of these surveys can be plugged into our Grouping Matrix™, a free, web-based system that enables you to group students according to the type and depth of their decoding difficulties.

In just 5-7 minutes, Really Great Reading's complimentary diagnostic decoding assessments answer these key questions: Which students are struggling with decoding? What types of words are they struggling with? What is the source of the underlying confusion? What type of instruction will yield the greatest results? They help educators understand their individual students' word-level reading skills, and they contain everything you’ll need for initial assessment of an unlimited number of students. Additionally, each packet provides an explanation of how the survey results can be used to group students, and how to use data to plan effective and efficient instruction.


 

Pre-Decoding Skills Surveys

The Pre-Decoding Survey is a complimentary set of assessments that are commonly used in Kindergarten and 1st grade and with older students who perform well below expectations on basic decoding assessments. It is a one-on-one assessment of phonological awareness skills, phonemic awareness skills, letter name and sound knowledge (including sounds of certain letter combinations). and sight word knowledge. The data collected from these assessments can help determine what type of basic literacy instruction will prepare students to perform well with basic decoding skills.

 

Download the PDS

Sight Word Survey

Sight Word Survey

The Sight Word Survey is a five separate assessments for Pre-Primer, Primer, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Grade. These assessments are used to determine how well a student reads high-frequency English words. Sight words are words that occur so frequently in printed text that it is most efficient for children to learn to read them automatically, by “sight,” rather than by decoding or sounding them out. The words on these assessments were selected from the Dolch 220 list of high-frequency words, and the words have been leveled.(e.g., Pre-Primer, Primer, etc.) using the same Dolch lists.

 

Download the SWS

Advanced Decoding Survey Plus

The Advanced Decoding Survey Plus is a quick way to determine if older students have mastered the decoding skills they should have learned in grade K, 1, 2, and 3. Those using it as a screener can use it anytime after the middle of 3rd grade.If using it as a screener, you can administer it to your entire student population or to a select group of
students whom you suspect may have a decoding deficit. Designed with upper elementaadolescents in mind, Really Great Reading’s has three sets of lessons: HD WordBoost, and Blitz Additionally, for those who need additional practice and repetitions, we have HD Word Plus and Phonics Boost Plus that extend the learning for students participating in HD WordBoost, and Blitz instruction. 

Download the ADS


Diagnostic Instructional Videos

Really Great Reading offers a family of complimentary diagnostic decoding assessments to help educators understand their students' word-level reading skills.  In 5 to 7 minutes per student, discover whether decoding deficits are inhibiting your students ability to read.  Download complimentary copies above and watch the following informational and instructional videos:

Pervasiveness of the Problem

 

 

 

 

 

Many students experience undiagnosed decoding (or word-level) difficulties that hamper their academic achievement. Just how pervasive are decoding deficits among adolescent readers?

Beginning Decoding Survey

 

 

 

 

 

Really Great Reading's Free Diagnostic Decoding Surveys enable quick one-on-one assessment of phonics skills. The Beginning Decoding Survey assesses a student's ability to read high-frequency words and single-syllable words with short vowels, digraphs, and blends.

Advanced Decoding Survey

 

 

 

 

 

The Advanced Decoding Survey assesses how well students read unfamiliar single-syllable decodable words with more advanced vowels such as long, r-controlled, and other variant vowel patterns. It also assesses a student's ability to read unfamiliar and familiar multi-syllable words.

Decoding Survey Overview

 

 

 

 

 

Many students struggle with reading because they don't understand sound-letter relationships and the rules that guide pronunciation. They skip and guess at words. Students with decoding issues often have comprehension and fluency problems. They underachieve in school. Our decoding surveys help educators pinpoint the cause of students struggles.


 

Progress Monitoring

After a student has been placed in Blast FoundationsHD WordPhonics Blitz and Phonics Boost, we offer tools for ongoing progress monitoring and reporting.

Many educators use our efficient Diagnostic Decoding Survey Premium Package (DSPAK) to monitor progress. The DSPAK has 7 equally difficult, equivalent (or parallel) forms that measure how well students are acquiring the skills they need to become strong decoders.

Others use the Phonics Boost Skills Assessments (PBSAs) to measure a student’s progress while in Phonics Suite™ instruction. The PBSAs consist of 40 separate assessments that systematically measure mastery of the phonemic awareness and phonics concepts taught in Blast FoundationsHD WordPhonics Blitz and Phonics Boost.  

Both the Decoding Surveys and the PBSAs are powerful tools for evaluating success and planning future instruction. Both tools afford educators detailed data which can be used for IEP and 504 meetings.


Complimentary Online Grouping Matrix

What's next? After you assess your students with our Diagnostic Decoding Surveys, submit their scores to our complimentary online data management system, the Grouping Matrix. The Decoding Surveys and the Grouping Matrix are the first two steps in our Phonics Suite approach. When data is entered for a student, the Grouping Matrix immediately assigns them to a group based on their strengths and weaknesses. The data management system also tracks progress and creates reports that are easily shared with administrators, parents and students.

Learn more and sign up for free access to the Grouping Matrix>>


 

Targeted Instruction

A student’s ability to read affects every academic area. Decoding quickly and effortlessly is a basic skill evident in readers who comprehend well. Struggling readers who have gaps in their phonics knowledge will likely face frustration and difficulty in multiple subjects.

In all our lessons, students learn to practice what good readers do naturally, which is pay attention to every word, read with a high rate of accuracy, and use strategies for attacking unfamiliar and multisyllable words. Our lessons, CountdownBlastHD WordBoost, and Blitzexplicitly teach phonemic awareness, phonics concepts and word attack skills. They also focus on reading accurately, which translates to better comprehension. The lessons are research based, multisensory, highly effective, and can be taught by a wide range of people, not just experienced literacy professionals.

Preventative Whole Class Grades K-3 - Are you looking for preventative whole class, Tier 1, supplemental instruction for grades K-3? Select from Countdown, Blast Foundations or HD Word.

Interventions for Small Group Grade 2-12 - Are you looking for a grades 2-12 intervention? Select from Blast Foundations, HD Word, Boost or Blitz

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