AUTOreading emerged from many years of research as a fully automated, computer administered measure of decoding, word identification, and comprehension for use to screen and monitor student progress across grade levels K-12. AUTOreading includes eight individual testlets of 30 items, with one to four testlets recommended per grade level, to measure students’ accuracy and automaticity.
The suite of AUTOreading assessments consists of 8 testlets for screening and progress monitoring that align to skills recommended in the Common Core State Standards and literature and studies on reading skills:
- Picture Naming (used as a practice test)
- Letter Names
- Letter Sounds
- Word Identification
- Word Decoding
- Word Encoding
- Word Morphology
- Matching Synonym
- Vocabulary Words
Each of these tasks were created to measure students’ accuracy in reading skills and to measure their response times. Each 30-item testlet is untimed, but each item has a fixed length of time (approx. 6 seconds) in which it’s presented to the student. All testlets are available to use at any grade, but FastBridge Learning recommends use of two to four testlets per benchmark period which serve as general outcome measures (GOMs) for each grade level:
Administration & Scoring
Students complete the AUTOreading testlets using an iPad touch screen or computer with a mouse. As students respond to the items, speed and accuracy of responses are recorded. All AUTOreading testlets are electronically scored through FAST, with each student receiving a score representing the Correct Responses per Minute for each testlet completed.