Diagnostics

Really Great Reading's Complimentary Assessments

Really Great Reading offers a family of complimentary diagnostic decoding assessments to help educators understand their students' word-level reading skills. These complimentary downloads contain everything you’ll need for initial assessment of an unlimited number of students. 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.

In just 5-7 minutes, these one-on-one, informal diagnostic assessments can 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. 


Pre-Decoding Skills

Download the PDS

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

One-on-one assessment of:

  • Phonological awareness skills
  • Phonemic awareness skills
  • Letter names knowledge
  • Letter sounds knowledge (including sounds of certain letter combinations)
  • 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.

Foundational Skills Survey

Foundational Skills Survey

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The Foundational Skills Survey is a complimentary set of assessments that are commonly used:

  • in 1st grade
  • and with older students who perform well below expectations on basic decoding assessments

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. 

Diagnostic Decoding Surveys

Foundational Skills Survey

Download the DDS

The Diagnostic Decoding Survey is a complimentary set of assessments that includes the Beginning and Advanced Decoding Surveys and are commonly used:

  • from the middle of 1st 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.

Advanced Decoding Plus

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The ADS Plus is a complimentary set of assessments that are commonly used:

  • with students 4th grade and above who are strong with beginning decoding skills, but who are experiencing difficulties when reading more complex words. 

The ADS Plus assesses a student’s ability to read:

  • multisyllable words (real and nonsense)
  • words with advanced vowels spelling

The survey can be used as a screener to measure decoding abilities with large groups of students or as a more in-depth diagnostic to confirm deficits that are observed by the teacher, or deficits detected by the Beginning and Advanced Decoding Survey.

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.


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.

Designed with adolescents in mind, Really Great Reading’s Phonics Suite has two sets of lessons: Phonics Blitz and Phonics Boost™, as well Phonics Boost Plus™ for students that have severe decoding difficulties and require additional practice to master skills in Phonics Boost.

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