Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST)'s
earlyReading assessment is administered to students in kindergarten and grade 1 in order to match reading skill development and to determine if students are meeting reading benchmarks. The earlyReading assessment is comprised of twelve components or subtests, four of
which Anoka-Hennepin uses. The subtests given vary across grade level and season, so as to best match reading skill development and reliably assess which
students are meeting benchmarks and which students need additional assistance.
The subtests given each test period are administered individually and are
typically completed in 5-10 minutes per student. The subtests used in Anoka-Hennepin for
kindergarten students are listed below.
Composite scores are calculated for kindergarten each trimester as follows:
- Trimester 1: Letter Names, Letter Sounds
- Trimester 2: Letter Names, Letter Sounds, Nonsense Words
- Trimester 3: Letter Names, Letter Sounds, Nonsense Words
Composite scores for grade 1 are calculated for each trimester as follows:Print Concepts
- Trimester 1: Letter Sounds, Nonsense Words
- Trimester 2: Nonsense Words, Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading (CBM)
- Trimester 3: Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading
- Letter Names
- Students are asked to read and identify letter names in random order. Students are assessed in reading fluency, as they are asked to read and identify letters in one minute.
Phonics and Word Recognition
- Students are asked to read and
identify letter sounds most commonly associated with each letter in random
order. Students are assessed in reading fluency, as they are asked to read and
identify the letter sounds in one minute.
- Nonsense Words
- Students are asked to read a list of nonsense words or parts of whole words for understanding of early phonics skills. Students are assessed for reading fluency and are asked to read a list of words in one minute.
Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading
- Word Reading Efficiency and Comprehension
- Students are assessed for accuracy, error types, and qualitative features while they read a grade level passage aloud.
The FAST earlyReading assessment is used in Anoka-Hennepin with our early learners. The assessment takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Scores are available instantly to teachers online. Parents and guardians receive the information through the parent portal.