Pre-decoding Skills Survey

Pre-Decoding Skills Survey

This complimentary set of assessments includes four informal diagnostic tools that quickly assess pre-decoding skills in emerging readers. The Pre-Decoding Surveys enable one-on-one assessment of:

  • Phonological Awareness Skills
  • Phonemic Awareness Skills
  • Letter Name Knowledge
  • Letter Sound Knowledge (including certain letter combinations)

This assessment is commonly used in Kindergarten and 1st grade, and with older students who perform well below expectations on basic decoding assessments. The data collected from these assessments can help determine what type of basic literacy instruction will prepare students to perform well on basic decoding skills.

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Really Great Reading offers a family of complimentary diagnostic tools and a complimentary online data management system which groups students based on their decoding strengths and weaknesses. Our sample lesson plans help educators understand our approach and illustrate what makes Really Great Reading an emerging leader in literacy education.

Diagnostic Decoding Surveys


This download includes the Beginning Decoding Survey and Advanced Decoding Survey. These quick assessments of decoding skills help educators identify which students have decoding deficits impairing their ability to comprehend. When scored properly, the data can be leveraged to determine what types of instruction will have the maximum impact on student success. These assessments are also great for progress monitoring. Commonly used in grades 1-12. 

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ADS Plus

This download includes the Advanced Decoding Survey Plus (ADS Plus). This quick diagnostic assesses a student’s ability to read the complex words necessary to comprehend content area text.  It allows educators to refine their understanding of students who are exhibiting difficulties with multisyllable words or words with advanced vowels. The results can be entered into the Grouping Matrix™ to more effectively target students’ specific decoding issues. Commonly used in grades 4-12. 

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Phonics Blitz™ Sample Lesson


Phonics Blitz™ is part of Phonics Suite. It is a set of 50 intervention lessons for grades 4-12 and is designed for students with mild, moderate or specific decoding deficits. Blitz can be taught by a wide range of educators. The instruction teaches students how to accurately read complex multisyllable words, and quickly helps them become more confident and effective readers. It is commonly used in RtI and ELL intervention settings for grades 4-12.

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Phonics Boost™ Sample Lesson

Phonics Boost ™ is part of Phonics Suite. It is a set of 80 intervention lessons for students in grades 2–12.  Boost is designed for older students with significant or severe decoding deficits or for students in grades 2–3 who are experiencing difficulties acquiring phonics knowledge. Boost instruction teaches students how to accurately read basic words yet quickly moves on to complex multisyllable words. It is commonly used in RtI, Special Education, and ELL intervention settings for grades 2-12.

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