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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 Segmenting be used for progress monitoring throughout Grade 1 and in Kindergarten depending on specific student needs.
The Word Segmenting task assesses the student’s ability to separate a spoken word into individual sounds, or phonemes. The examiner says a word and asks the student to say the sounds s/he hears in the word. The resulting score is the total number of correctly identified sounds.
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 Segmenting assessment has 20 alternate forms.
A raw score is calculated as the number of correctly read sounds out of a possible 35. Rate (i.e., per minute) score can also be calculated when appropriate.