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The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) is a cloud-based suite of assessment and reporting tools that includes earlyReading Spanish. As of 2013-14, there is a $5 per student per year charge for the system. As a cloud-based assessment suite, there are no hardware costs or fees for additional materials.
Computer and internet access is required for full use.
Testers will require less than 1 hour of training.
Paraprofessionals can administer the test.
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Field tested training manuals are included and should provide all implementation information.
Access to interactive online self-guided teacher training is included at no additional cost. In-person training is available at an additional cost of $300 per hour.
earlyReading is used to monitor student progress in early reading in the early primary grades. Most earlyReading assessments provide information on both the accuracy and rate or efficiency of performance.
The appropriate progress monitoring assessment(s) is/are chosen based on screening performance and are used to diagnose and evaluate skill deficits. Those results help guide instructional and intervention development. It is recommended that Sentence Reading be used for progress monitoring throughout Grade 1 depending on specific student needs.
The objective of the Sentence Reading measure is to assess automaticity while reading connected text. The sentence reading passages were pulled directly from a set of passages designed for FAST CBM-Reading. These passages are essentially a CBM-Reading passage but have been broken apart with basic pictures included. The first three pages contain only one sentence while the last three pages have progressively more sentences. The passages are of median difficulty.
This tool provides information on students in Spanish. Evidence was based on a sample of Native English-speakers in a Spanish-language immersion school.
Each earlyReading test takes approximately 1-2 minutes to administer. earlyReading is computer administered and scoring is automated; it does not require any additional time to score.
The Sentence Reading assessment has 20 alternate forms.
The Sentence Reading task is scored very similarly to a typical CBM-Reading task. Students are instructed to read a passage, each word read correctly counts toward total words read correctly in the one minute time interval. Each word that is skipped, misread, omitted, or takes three-seconds for the student to read is marked as incorrect. Repetitions, dialect differences, insertion of words, or words that the student self-corrects are not counted as errors. The final score is the total words read in the minute minus errors. If the student finishes before one minute has elapsed, then the administrator stops the timer and records the number of seconds in which the student read to calculate a score.