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Free Literacy Assessment Resources for SLPs

A few years ago I wrote a post, which offered a compilation of FREE literacy resources for parents and professionals. Today I would like to expand upon my previous article by providing professionals with a compilation of free literacy assessment tools.

Assessment tools tend to be expensive. Few professionals have unlimited budgets to purchase the myriad of tests needed to appropriately assess a host of skills associated with reading, spelling, and writing. Below is a list of helpful free materials to assist SLPs on tight budgets testing children with suspected reading, spelling, and writing deficits.

First, let us briefly review a few essential components involved in skilled reading, which are:

  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Skills
    • Phonological awareness assessment/intervention has predictive power until 2nd grade. After that it does not add information to the prediction of 4th-grade reading abilities (Hogan, Catts, & Little, 2005) unless the student continues to present with significant reading challenges as evident via sound blending deficits (Kilpatrick, 2012)
  • Orthographic Mapping Abilities
    • Formation of letter-sound connections to bond the spellings, pronunciations, and meanings of specific words in memory
    • Explains how children learn to read words by sight, to spell words from memory, and to acquire vocabulary words from print
      • Enabled by phonemic awareness and grapheme-phoneme knowledge (Ehri, 2014)
  • Semantic Knowledge
    • Vocabulary manipulation
  • Morphological Knowledge
    •  Knowledge and manipulation of affixes
  • Rapid Naming Abilities
    • Rapid automatized naming (RAN) and not phonological awareness has been found to be a consistent predictor of reading fluency in all orthographies (Landerl, et al, 2019).
      • Poor rapid automatized naming abilities (on alphanumeric and nonalphanumeric tasks) have been found to be a long-term and universal symptom of reading deficits (Araújo & Faísca, 2019)  
  • Reading Fluency
    • Rate
    • Accuracy
    • Prosody
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Gestalt processing
    • Background knowledge
    • Inference making  
    • Grasp of text structure
    • Grasp of literary devices

Here are some FREE evidence-based free resources I found online which target the assessment of the above skills:

Nonword Repetition:

  1. English Nonword Repetition Task
  2. Spanish Nonword Repetition Task

Phonemic Awareness:

  1. The PAST TestThe Phonological Awareness Skills Test (PAST) is an informal, diagnostic, individually administered assessment tool to help teachers determine the point of instruction for students and to monitor progress.
  2. Advanced Phonemic Awareness Skills  (Younger Group)
  3. Advanced Phonemic Awareness Skills  (Older Group)

Letter Identification:Letter Identification Data Collection Worksheets & Teaching Resources | TpT

  1. Letter Identification and Sounds Assessment -a tool to assess a child’s progress with letter naming and sounds throughout the school year. The same assessment can be given as a pre-assessment and then as a post-assessment, or a second assessment has been provided to be used at the end of the school year
  2. The Letter Identification Test (LIDT) tests a person’s letter identification knowledge.
  3. The Letter Sound Test (LeST) tests a person’s ability to sound out single letters and letter combinations. 
  4. The Letter Position Test (LETPos) assesses children’s ability to assign positions to letters. While this test can be used with all children.
  5. Indicadores Dinámicos del Exito en la Lecturaare  are a set of research-based procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through third grade for students learning to read in Spanish. IDEL is similar to DIBELS, which measures early literacy skills in English.

Single-Word Reading

  1. The Castles and Coltheart 2 (CC2) tests different processes in single-word reading
  2. The Diagnostic Reading Test for Nonwords (DiRT) tests a person’s knowledge of letter-sound correspondences at the word level.

Morphology:Morphology Improves Literacy Development | Faculty of Education

The Diagnostic Spelling Test – Morphology (DiST-m) assesses a person’s ability to apply morphological regularities in spelling. The DiSTm assesses the spelling of some of the most commonly used suffixes (e.g., past tense -ed) and some very consistent morphologically-based spelling rules.

Rapid Naming:

Reading Fluency:

  1. Reading Fluency Assessment (For grades 1-8)
  2. Reading Fluency Norms (Hasbrouck & Tindal, 2017)
  3. Multidimensional Fluency Scale -rubric (1-4) which rates reader fluency in the areas of expression and
    volume, phrasing, smoothness, and pace.
  4. Reading Prosody Checklist

Reading Comprehension:

  1. The Test of Everyday Reading Comprehension (TERC) tests how well students 6-12 years of age understand what they read in everyday life. 
  2. Reading Comprehension Assessment Compilation

Spelling:Teaching Spelling in 3rd Grade: Best Ways to Make it Fun

  1. The Diagnostic Spelling Test for Nonwords (DiSTn) tests how well a person knows the sound-letter rules in English.
  2. The Diagnostic Spelling Test for Irregular Words (DiSTi) tests how well a person can spell irregular words.
  3. The Diagnostic Spelling Test – Sounds (DiSTs) tests if a person can represent some of the very frequently occurring sounds in the English language using the appropriate letter(s).
  4. The Test of Orthographic Choice (TOC) tests a person’s written word recognition. In this test, the reader is shown two written items that sound the same (e.g., doar door). 

Writing:National Day on Writing — Discover the Facts, FAQs and History

  1. Curriculum-Based Measurement: Written-Expression Fluency Norms
  2. Writing Curriculum Based Measurement
  3. AIMSweb Written Expression Norm and ROI

Miscellaneous:

The Macquarie Oxford Reading Anxiety Test (MoRAT) is a questionnaire that measures a person’s level of reading anxiety. 

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Quality Assessments for Students with Suspected/Confirmed “APD”

Recently I wrote a blog post offering a free handout for parents and professionals entitled, “Deconstructing Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) for Parents and Professionals: Informational Handout“. While it was incredibly well-received, it resulted in numerous professionals asking the same questions:

  1. How do we help students with “APD?
  2. What constitutes a good quality assessment for a student with “APD”?

Today I would like to answer the above questions by providing further helpful information and links for parents and professionals seeking evidence-based assistance for students with suspected/confirmed “APD”.

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Deconstructing Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) for Parents and Professionals: Informational Handout

The diagnosis of auditory processing disorder (APD) has long been steeped in significant controversy. I have been writing about the serious issues surrounding it for a number of years. Today I am expanding upon the posts I wrote in the past on this subject by adding a link to a handout for parents and professionals succinctly summarizing the current controversies relevant to APD in a 2-page handout. You can download it from my online store for FREE, HERE

What are some key takeaway points from that handout?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a condition that is often characterized by difficulty processing orally presented information. Reported symptoms include but are not limited to, the increased processing time to respond to questions, requests for frequent repetition of information, difficulty following directions and attending to speech, difficulty keeping up with class discussions, difficulty listening in noisy environments, difficulty maintaining attention on presented tasks,  difficulty remembering instructions and directions or verbally presented information, as well as poor/weak phonemic awareness, reading, spelling, and writing abilities affecting the student’s social and academic performance. Frequent recommendations for the above difficulties include referral to an audiologist once the student is typically 6-7 years of age in order to undergo auditory processing testing.

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2021 Last-Minute CEUs and FREE TESTS

NEED LAST minute CEUs? Advanced Diagnostics Power Up Conference Replays are NOW available in CEU SmartHub! 

We have just wrapped up yet another hugely successful Advanced Diagnostics Power Up Conference! Need last Minute CEUs before the 12/31/21 Deadline? Replays are NOW available in CEU SmartHub! 

This coursework also satisfies the requirements for the Advanced Diagnostics Certificate

If you sign up for the CEU SmartHub before 12/31/21 you will GET 6 months of 4 new tests ABSOLUTELY FREE!

  1. Articulation and Phonology Impact Rating Scale – helps determine eligibility for services, uses video based questionnaires for teachers and parents (Ages 5-21)
  2. Articulation and Phonology Video Assessment Tool – (Ages 5-21)
  3. Language Rating Scale – helps determine eligibility for services, uses video based questionnaires for teachers and parents (Ages 5-21)
  4. Social Communication Rating Scale – helps determine eligibility for services, uses video based questionnaires for teachers and parents (Ages 5-21)

That’s a value of over $150 per year for assessments with High Specificity and Sensitivity, which are Easy to Use, and Modern!

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The Science of Reading Literacy Certificate for SLPs: FAQs

In August 2021, the CEU Smart Hub (Powered by the Lavi Institute) has launched a new certificate program: The Science of Reading (SOR) Literacy Certificate for SLPs.  Because of the multitude of questions we have received in advance of the certificate rollout (Financial Disclosure: I am a 50% partner in the CEU Smart Hub/Power Up Conferences), I am writing this post today in an attempt to answer some of the commonly asked questions regarding this certification.

Who is the certificate for? The certificate is open to SLPs who are interested in gaining in-depth knowledge in the areas of assessment and treatment of children with language and literacy disorders. This certification offers not just continuing education hours in the advanced practices pertaining to the assessment and treatment of literacy but also a final examination and 2 lengthy in-depth projects requiring professionals to appropriately and comprehensively design assessment plans and treatment goals to work with literacy impaired clients. Continue reading The Science of Reading Literacy Certificate for SLPs: FAQs

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Power Up SLP Literacy Conference August 5-6, 2021

Power Up Outcomes with Evidence-Based Practice Literacy Conference Dates: August 5 and 6, 2021 worth 15 continuing education hours!

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Power Up Conference Interprofessional Edition March 4 & 5, 2021 Replays

Dates: March 4 & 5, 2021 worth 20 continuing education hours!

Power Up March 2021

Cost: $125 for CEU Smart HUB Access which includes: 12- month membership with full access to 3 annual Power Up conferences, direct conference zoom access, ALL past Power Up replays, Unlimited CEUs, specialized trainings, on-demand trainings, speaker requests, course handouts, live conference interaction with speakers, an exhibit hall with discounts and raffles.

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2nd Annual POWER Up Conference December 2-4, 2020 Replays Are Now Available

Our 2nd POWER CONFERENCE  WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Dates: December 2-4th, 2020 worth 30 continuing education hours!

Replays from August and September are now available!

Cost: $125 for CEU Smart HUB Access which includes: 12- month membership with full access to 3 annual Power Up conferences, direct conference zoom access, ALL past Power Up replays, Unlimited CEUs, specialized trainings, on-demand trainings, speaker requests, course handouts, live conference interaction with speakers, exhibit hall with discounts and raffles.

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Review of Wordtivities by SPELL-Links

Image result for wordtivities"Today I am reviewing a newly released (2019) kit (instructional guide and cards) from the Learning By Design, Inc. entitled Wordtivities: Word Study Instruction for Spelling, Vocabulary, and Reading.

The 101-page instructional guide was created to address the students’ phonological awareness, spelling, reading, vocabulary, and syntax skills by having them engage with sounds, letters, and meanings of words. The lessons in the book can be used by a variety of instructional personnel (teachers, SLPs, reading specialists, etc.) and even parents as a stand-alone word study program or in conjunction with SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing Word Study Curriculum.

The activity book is divided into two sections. The first section offers K-12 student activities for large groups and classrooms. The second section has picture card activities and is intended for 1:1 and small group instruction. Both sections focus on reinforcing 14 SPELL-Links strategies for reading and spelling to stimulate the associations between sounds, letters, and meanings of words. Continue reading Review of Wordtivities by SPELL-Links