A Universal Reading Screen and More! The Predictive Assessment of Reading

Most schools use some kind of test or assessment to evaluate children’s reading skills…but then what? Knowing a child’s reading skills at a specific time just isn’t enough. In order to make sure each child can read at their grade level, we need some way to predict how their reading skills may progress, determine exactly which skills will need intervention for improvement, and provide exact strategies for teachers so they can help children become strong readers.

Now, all this and more can be accomplished with the Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR). PAR was developed at Wake Forest School of Medicine. It is based on a longitudinal study and additional research which began in 1986 and continues today. The research confirms that highly reliable and valid predictions of future reading skills can be produced from four carefully chosen tests given in second semester Pre-K through 3rd grade.

PAR Does it All

The Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR) accurately measures a child’s current level of reading skills, but it doesn’t stop there… it also calculates an accurate prediction of present and future reading achievement. Once the gap between where the child is now, and where PAR predicts they will be at both the 3rd grade and 8th grade levels, PAR determines exactly which skills will need intervention for the child to become a strong reader, and provides suggested intervention strategies to strengthen the specific skills the child lacks, and it monitors progress.

Valid, Reliable Results

PAR is Quick, Easy and Provides Immediate Feedback.

The PAR is designed to be administered by a teacher, one child at a time, beginning with the spring semester for Pre-K children transitioning to kindergarten in the fall, then continuing up to three times a year for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade.

PAR is a quick and easy tool for accurately determining the reading challenges children face. Administration of the assessment takes no more than 15 minutes per child. PAR provides instant information that allows the teacher to really target the needs

The National Center on Response to Intervention rates PAR with their highest rating — convincing evidence — in all areas of reliability and validity. The PAR scoring algorithms and specificity of measurement are patented.

PAR Measures Four Key Areas

PAR tests four basic skills that every child needs in order to learn to read and to keep improving reading skills. They are:

  1. Letter-Word Calling: Looking at a word and pronouncing it correctly, either by sight or by “sounding it out”
  2. Picture Naming Vocabulary: Looking at a picture of an object and saying the name of the object
  3. Phonemic Awareness: Hearing (and identifying) the individual sounds in words.
  4. Rapid Naming Fluency: Refers to how quickly a child can pronounce the names of a set of familiar images (numbers, letters, colors, objects). There is considerable evidence that naming speed is related to reading development and that slow naming speed is a characteristic of poor readers or those with dyslexia.

Unique Scoring System

The unique, patented, PAR scoring system sets it apart from other assessments. It provides accurate, reliable results users can count on. The National Center on Response to Intervention rates PAR with their highest rating – convincing evidence- in all areas of reliability and validity.

PAR and Families

Connecting with parents and including them in the learning process is critical to the academic success of any child. PAR connects with families in two ways. First, the OnlinePAR includes a Parent Guide that explains what the PAR is, the skills that PAR evaluates, how to understand PAR scores and a description of things families can do at home with their child to support their learning.

Through OnlinePAR, families will be able to communicate with the teacher and monitor their child’s progress. It also provides an easy way for parents and teachers to discuss the reports, understand what they are saying, get ideas on how to support their child’s learning at home, and more … all designed to reinforce the partnership between the family and the teacher.

Professional Development

We offer a variety of training plans to meet different types of learning styles. PAR professional development is designed to be interactive, supplemented by practice to reinforce concept and understanding. All training is designed to prepare participants to become proficient in test administration on all scales, to utilize the OnlinePAR scoring and data-management system for capturing student data, and to inform instruction. The following options are available:

  • Online Tutorials
  • Online Courses
  • Live and Pre-recorded Webinars
  • On-site Training Programs
  • Train the Trainer Program

PAR Measures Pre-K to Grade 3

The PAR is appropriate for all children — including typically developing and gifted children, most children with special needs, and ELL-Spanish — beginning with second semester Pre-K children transitioning to school and for children in Kindergarten through third grade.

Red-e Set Grow consists of a team of leading educators in early childhood development, software developers, teachers and administrators who specialize in the development of software to support screening and assessment instruments.

Our goal is to help early childhood professionals track student progress with powerful, easy to use technology tools that assist in the development of quality educational programs for young children and their families. We do this through partnerships with content providers that provide researched based, reliable and

valid assessment tools designed to assist teachers by identifying a child’s strengths and those areas in which the child needs additional support. Each assessment is supported by an array of software platforms including handheld devices which provide teachers with the convenience of entering data and documenting a child’s work through pictures, videos, and/or sound, or entering data online through an easy o use web page. Each software product includes easy to read and understand reports for the child, classroom, school, district, etc. to help teachers and administrators plan, make effective decisions, and implement strategies that can be used with their existing curriculum.

Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR) Reports

OnlinePAR.net reports help users identify appropriate intervention strategies to target and improve specific reading skills in children. The scores generated by PAR benefit all children and identify children with reading difficulties (the PAR not only identifies the child has a reading deficit but identifies the individual skills that need remediation) as well as those children who are reading at or above grade level so that all children are appropriately challenged.

PAR reports can be produced for a single time period or for multiple time periods enabling users to monitor progress over time. Reports are available for the child, for the classroom, for the school, for the group, and for the organization levels.

Child Report examples:

Click to view PAR Child Reporting Options
Click to view Student Summary Report
Click to view Student Progress Report
Click to view Family Report

Classroom Report examples:

Click to view Classroom Grouping Report
Click to view Classroom Summary Report

Administrative Report examples:

Click to view Comparative Summary Report
Click to view PAR Summary Report
Click to view Summary Statistics Report
Click to view Summary of Student Scores by Grade

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