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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 Onset Sounds be used for progress monitoring throughout Kindergarten depending on specific student needs.
The Onset Sounds Task is a phonemic awareness task. Students are presented with a set of pictures and are asked to correctly identify the picture that begins with a particular sound or are asked to generate the initial sound for a particular picture. The resulting score is the number of sounds correctly identified or produced.
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 Onset Sounds assessment has 20 alternate forms.
Raw scores in the form of number correct out of 16 are calculated. Rate (i.e., per minute) score can also be calculated when appropriate.