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Acadience Reading 7-9

(Content Area Reading Indicators)

Acadience Reading 7-9 is a set of measures and procedures for assessing the literacy skills of 7th, 8th, and 9th graders.

Acadience Reading 7-9 Research Release

Acadience Learning is pleased to announce the availability of a preliminary version of Acadience Reading 7-9 to research partners for the 2019-2020 school year.

For details on the Research Release, read our announcement.


Acadience Reading 7-9 (Content Area Reading Indicators) is a formative assessment for 7th to 9th grade students. It is directly aligned with the Common Core Standards in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies and includes a Maze comprehension, a Silent Reading comprehension, and an Oral Reading comprehension measure. Each measure is arranged in triads, which include one science passage, one social studies passage, and one prose passage.

Maze is a group-administered measure that assesses general reading comprehension. During a Maze task, the student is presented with a reading passage in which some words are replaced by a multiple choice box that includes the original word and two distractors. The student reads the passage silently and selects the word in each box that best fits the meaning of the sentence. A Maze triad of passages takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and approximately 5-7 minutes per student for teachers to score.

The Silent Reading (SR) comprehension portion of Acadience Reading 7-9 is a group-administered measure that assesses vocabulary, sentence comprehension (passage details), and inference. Students are given up to 45 minutes to read three passages and answer 15 questions about each passage. Silent Reading is quickly scored with an answer key.

The Oral Reading (OR) portion is an individually administered measure that assesses oral reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. During an OR task, the student is given 90 seconds to read each passage out loud. At the end of 90 seconds, a brief comprehension component is administered. An OR triad of passages takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

The guidelines for administering Acadience Reading 7-9 include gating procedures so that the group-administered, less time-intensive components are given to more students while the individually administered, more time-intensive components are administered to fewer students, on an as-needed basis.

Acadience Reading 7-9 measures are:

  • brief
  • efficient
  • group administered for benchmarking
  • individually administered for additional assessment
  • standardized
  • formative

Why Use Acadience Reading 7-9?

The purposes of Acadience Reading 7-9 are to:

  • identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties (universal screening);
  • help teachers identify areas to target Common Core Standards of instructional support;
  • monitor at-risk students while they receive additional, targeted instruction; and
  • examine the effectiveness of a school’s system of instructional supports.

The advantages of Acadience Reading 7-9 passages are:

  • Acadience Reading 7-9 has been specifically designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making and response to intervention.
  • The Acadience Reading 7-9 measures are reliable and valid.

How to Get Acadience Reading 7-9

Acadience Reading 7-9 is currently available as a research release product.

For more details, read our announcement.

Acadience Reading 7-9 Resources

Acadience Reading 7-9 Fact Sheet
A printer-friendly overview of Acadience Reading 7-9, including samples of the measures.