Announcing the Acadience® Reading: High School Research Release

Acadience Learning is excited to announce that as of August 2020, Acadience Reading 7–9 will become two separate assessments: Acadience Reading 7–8 and Acadience Reading: High School. Acadience Reading 7–8, with assessment materials and final benchmark goals for 7th and 8th grade, will be officially released for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, visit the Acadience Reading 7–8 webpage. Acadience Reading: High School assessment materials and preliminary benchmark goals for 9th–12th grade will be available for free to research partners for the 2020-2021 school year. Anyone who would like to use Acadience Reading: High School is welcome to do so by participating in the research release study and completing a few requirements. In exchange, we offer free reporting, training, and assessment materials to participants.

Acadience Reading: High School is a formative assessment for students in grades 9–12 and is directly aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. It is comprised of three measures: Maze, Silent Reading (SR), and Oral Reading (OR). Each measure includes a triad of reading passages covering three different content areas (science, social studies, and prose). Unlike other Acadience Reading screening assessments, benchmark assessment with Acadience Reading: High School is only conducted at the beginning of the school year. Progress monitoring materials are available for all measures for ongoing assessment throughout the year. For a printer-friendly overview of Acadience Reading: High School with sample materials, download our fact sheet.

Preliminary benchmark goals that function within an assessment gating system are available for Acadience Reading: High School. The benchmark goals guide gating procedures so that the group-administered, less time-intensive measures (Maze and Silent Reading) are given to more students and the individually administered, more time-intensive measure (Oral Reading) is administered to a small number of students, on an as-needed basis. In Gate 1, Maze is administered to all students. Based on the preliminary benchmark goals for Gate 1, students who should enter Gate 2 and receive the Silent Reading measure are identified. The Gate 2 score identifies students that could benefit from entering Gate 3 and receiving the Oral Reading measure.

Information from the Acadience Reading: High School Research Release will help contribute to the development of norms, the further development of gating procedures, and the establishment of final benchmark goals.

All Acadience Reading: High School Research Release materials, including the assessment materials and training videos, will be made available for free download to research partners. At this time, Acadience Reading: High School is only available as a paper/pencil assessment. Participating sites will need to download and duplicate the testing materials.

Requirements for Using Acadience Reading: High School

Sites that use the research release version of Acadience Reading: High School must complete the following:

  1. Send us a participation letter for the 2020-2021 school year. A template for the letter will be provided via email.
  2. Have anyone who will be administering the Acadience Reading: High School measures complete the free training.
  3. Distribute an information letter to parents and guardians.
  4. Collect beginning-of-year benchmark assessment data and enter it into Acadience Learning’s data reporting system, Acadience Data Management. There is no cost to enter Acadience Reading: High School data for the 2020-2021 school year. To sign up for a new account, visit Acadience Data Management.

If a site also decides to enter data for Acadience Reading K-6, Acadience Math, IDEL®, or PELI® into Acadience Data Management, student licenses for those measures will first need to be purchased through Voyager Sopris Learning.

How to Sign Up for the Acadience Reading: High School Research Release

New Participants

If your school or district is new to Acadience Reading: High School and wishes to participate, please email info@acadiencelearning.org with the following:

  1. The name of your school/district and the state in which you are located.
  2. The name and email address of the contact person in your agency who will receive communications about Acadience Reading: High School.
  3. The approximate number of schools and students per grade who will be participating in the Acadience Reading: High School Research Release.
  4. The dates for the beginning and end of your school calendar (e.g., September to June).
  5. The approximate dates of your benchmark testing dates for beginning of year (e.g., September).

Continuing Participants

If your school or district participated in the Acadience Reading 7–9 Research Release and you wish to participate in the Acadience Reading: High School Research Release, please email us at info@acadiencelearning.org with the following:

  1. The dates for the beginning and end of your school calendar
  2. Your approximate benchmark testing dates for beginning of year (e.g., September).

This information is required in order to set up your Acadience Data Management account for Acadience Reading: High School data entry and reports. Sites will also need to send in a 2020-2021 Acadience Reading: High School participation letter. A template for the letter will be provided via email.

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