aReading (Adaptive Reading) is a computer-administered adaptive measure of broad reading that is individualized for each student, but may be individually or group administered in about 15-30 minutes. Items tap a variety of skills including concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, and vocabulary.
The FastBridge adaptive assessments for reading and math reduce testing time by up to 50-95% when compared with traditional tests. Our extensive research has enabled the aReading test of 30 items to replace a traditional test of about 100 items with equal or greater accuracy and actionable results.
The type of questions and response format is substantially similar to many state-wide assessments (i.e., multiple choice, fill in the blank). There are both auditory and visual stimuli presented for each question.
The assessment is based on ten years of research that built upon the recommendations of the National Reading Panel (2000). It is also cross-walked to the National Common Core Standards (2010).
Substantial research evidence shows that aReading provides a robust estimate of broad reading achievement in grades K-12. It is useful to predict performance on high-stakes assessments (e.g., state tests). aReading received the highest possible rating for validity, reliability, and diagnostic accuracy from the National Center for Response to Intervention.
aReading is designed for Universal Screening to identify students at risk for academic delays and to differentiate instruction for all students.
aReading is used two to three times a year to evaluate annual growth. It is not intended for weekly progress monitoring. Frequent monitoring is done with the earlyReading and/or CBMReading assessments.
aReading is administered and scored with browser-based software. It may be administered individually or by group. Students are set-up with earphones and a laptop, desktop, or mobile tablet device. A teacher or other staff person logs into FastBridge, selects the student(s) name(s), and proctors the assessment. Administration and scoring are fully automated.
FAST Reports are instantly available to evaluate student performance against local norms, mastery criterion, and predictions of risk to meet proficiency standards on state tests. Reports provide a summary of student performance on a scale that spans kindergarten to Grade 12.
Benchmark/criterion standards are specified for each grade level, which are used to identify students at risk for reading failure.