Acadience Spelling

Acadience Spelling is used in kindergarten and first grade. This measure may be particularly useful for educators in states that require measures of Spelling as part of screening students for reading difficulties such as dyslexia. Please contact us to receive access to the materials.
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What is Acadience Spelling?

Acadience Spelling is designed based on the principles of General Outcome Measurement. Acadience Spelling measures serve as broad indicators of a student’s general spelling skills compared to other students and a measure of whether or not the student is progressing sufficiently in spelling.

The spelling measure includes a sample of words selected from an extensive pool of grade-specific words. The words are dictated by the assessor. Students have a limited amount of time to spell the word until the next word is given.

Similar to traditional spelling tests, Acadience Spelling provides the total number of Correctly Spelled Words (CSW). To increase the sensitivity of measuring improvement in student skill and because students may not have been administered the same set of words, the number of Correct Spelling Sequences (CSS) is the score used to provide partial credit for words as students progress to becoming good spellers. A provisional cut score for determining need for support will be based on the CSS score. The CSW score provides additional information that educators may find useful.

Why Use Acadience Spelling?

Acadience Spelling is an optional measure that can be used along with Acadience Reading K–6. Spelling is a helpful tool for educators because it:

  • is a brief assessment that can be used to screen students for reading difficulties such as dyslexia
  • has a history of strong technical adequacy and meets or exceeds the reliability and validity criteria for screening decisions
  • may be group or individually administered

Get Acadience Spelling

The Acadience Spelling measures are available for free download to Acadience Data Management customers entering Acadience Reading K–6 data during the 2020-2021 school year.

If you would like additional information or if your district would be interested in participating in further research on the new measure, please email us at

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