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Science of Reading

We support the Science of Reading (SoR) and have strong assessments for all the Big Five Skills.

In a national review of screening assessments from 20 publishers, iSTEEP was the only publisher with assessments targeted for all the Big Five Skills.  Here are the evaluations from the panel of screening experts.

NCII Ratings:  Chart shows each of the 5 SoR areas at the grade level where the skill is commonly the central instructional focus.  The iSTEEP assessments at each corresponding grade level were evaluated by the NCII Technical Review Committee for evidence of reliability and validity using the following rubrics:  convincing evidence (full bubble), partially convincing evidence (half bubble), unconvincing evidence (empty bubble). 

 

How We Help with SoR

We agree with Louisa Moats that “Teaching Reading is Rocket Science”, and we make it easy to get started because our assessments are:

  1. High quality assessments that test all the Big 5 areas
  2. Timed for just 1 minute, for most assessments
  3. Technically solid. If your assessments are not solid then your decisions about students won’t be accurate.  Bad data can’t be cleaned up with technology such as Artificial Intelligence,  or computers that listen to kids read, or screens filled with cool reports.  Poor quality scores lead to bad decisions (Garbage in/Garbage out).

 

The teaching of reading is the sine qua non of schooling because reading is the gateway to all academic achievement and it is related to social well-being