Phonics Assessment Tools Identify Mastered and Missing Skills

Let's face it - our schools are facing unprecedented learning loss challenges as they head back to the classroom this spring to complete the 2020-2021 school year. This is not business as usual in our classrooms. Teachers need to act quickly using a diagnostic screener to assess student phonics gaps and provide intervention to meet these needs now and address the need for a rigorous Summer School phonics program.

Using A Phonics Diagnostic Assessment 

Educators are asking how to determine if a student has mastered the phonics skills needed to be a skilled and fluent reader. One tool that is useful is a phonics diagnostic assessment, which is an informal evaluation that identifies mastered and missing phonics skills for early readers.  Teachers use diagnostic data to determine where to begin instruction and intervention.  Phonics assessment tools help many educators including classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, instructional aides and speech-language pathologists. The tool enables them to quickly evaluate and group students to provide intervention by skill deficit.  Phonics diagnostic data
facilitates grouping students for focused intervention.

Skill continuums align with phonics assessment tools

Skill continuums
 provide educators with strategic insight about the sequence of instruction.  The continuums afford a framework for identifying skill mastery

phonics-assessment-tools-identify-mastered-and-missing-skillsprogression by grade level.  The 95 Percent Group’s Phonics Continuum is an easy-to-navigate chart that shows which reading skills should be mastered, at which grade level and, in which order.  This research-based resource clearly illustrates how phonics skills build upon one another in grades 1-3. It also points out the importance of identifying deficits and providing intervention in early elementary classrooms.

95 Percent Group’s
Phonics Screener for Intervention leads the way for focused intervention instruction

 Our Phonics Screener for Intervention™ (PSI™) 
is a short and easy-to-administer assessment tool designed to pinpoint specific decoding needs of students who have poor reading accuracy. This diagnostic resource can be used to determine:

     1. where to begin intervention,

     2. how to group students with similar needs, and

     3. when to move students into and out of skill           groups.

  The information collected by using PSI is easy to        interpret and leads directly to placement in a Tier      2 or Tier 3 group for focused intervention                    instruction.  Download our Phonics Screener for        Intervention Product Sample now 
to learn more 
  about how this phonics assessment tool can 
  improve the screening process in your classroom.

Phonics Continuum


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