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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 Word Blending be used for progress monitoring throughout Kindergarten and Grade 1 depending on specific student needs.
The Word Blending task assesses the student’s ability to form a word from individually spoken sounds or phonemes. The examiner says each phoneme in a word and asks the student to say the complete word. The resulting score is 1 if the student says the word correctly and 0 if s/he does not produce the correct word.
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 Word Blending assessment has 20 alternate forms.
A raw score is calculated as number correct words blended out of 10. Rate (i.e., per minute) score can also be calculated when appropriate.