In working through the pre-referral process with teachers to help identify reading issues, we ran across the Abecedarian Reading Assessment. It is free and easy to use and have found that the information it provides helps to guide the interventions we use in the Student Study Team process.
The Abecedarian Reading Assessment was designed to test what research has shown to be the most essential knowledge domains for developing reading skills. The knowledge domains assessed by the Abecedarian include:
• Letter Knowledge
• Phonological Awareness (Rhyme and Phoneme Identity)
• Phoneme Awareness (First and Last Sounds and Phoneme Segmentation)
• Knowledge of the Alphabetic Principle
• Vocabulary (Production, Synonyms, and Antonyms)
• Decoding (Fluency, Regular Words and Irregular Words)
Written by two reading researchers, Sebastian Wren and Jennifer Watts, the Abecedarian is available for you to download and use for free. It is a large document (over 50 pages long), so it may take a while to download if you have a telephone connection. The authors have given permission for this document to be reproduced freely on two conditions:
• The Abecedarian may not be altered.
• Appropriate credit must be given for authorship.