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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 Decodable Words be used for progress monitoring throughout Grade 1 and in Kindergarten depending on specific student needs.
The Decodable Words task assesses the student’s ability to read simple, phonetically regular Spanish words. As the student becomes fluent with letter-sound correspondence, s/he will move from saying the sound of each letter to the goal of reading whole words. The examiner and student each have the same page of words. As the student says the sounds or reads the decodable words from a paper copy, the examiner marks errors on his/her own paper or electronic copy. The resulting score is the number of decodable words read correctly per minute.
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 Decodable Words assessment has 20 alternate forms.
Rate is calculated as the number of correct decodable words read per minute. Raw scores of total and correct decodable words are also provided. An inventory of known decodable words can be generated.