Acadience Reading Diagnostic

In-Depth Diagnostic Assessment of Literacy Skills

Acadience Reading Diagnostic: Comprehension, Fluency, & Oral Language (CFOL)

Dynamic Measurement Group is pleased to announce that Acadience Reading Diagnostic CFOL is available for purchase from DMG at a special introductory price for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • For details on CFOL, read our announcement.
  • For technical adequacy data on CFOL, read this summary.

Overview

In response to the demand for diagnostic reading assessments that are cost effective, time efficient, reliable, valid, and linked to Acadience Reading K-6, DMG has developed an assessment series called Acadience Reading Diagnostic. There are two Acadience Reading Diagnostic assessment tools available:

  • Acadience Reading Diagnostic: Phonemic Awareness & Word Reading and Decoding (PA & WRD) (published as DIBELS® Deep PA & WRD)
  • Acadience Reading Diagnostic: Comprehension, Fluency, & Oral Language (CFOL)

Together these assessment tools provide educators with specific and detailed information for differentiating instruction corresponding to each of the key basic early literacy skills: Phonological Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, Accuracy and Fluency with Connected Text, Comprehension, and Vocabulary.

Acadience Reading Diagnostic PA & WRD assists educators with in-depth assessment of phonemic awareness skills, including tasks like segmenting and blending compound words, syllables, and phonemes. In addition, the range of word reading and decoding skills typically taught in grades K-3 is assessed.

Acadience Reading Diagnostic CFOL assists educators in untangling the many possible reasons why a student may be struggling with comprehension. CFOL assesses the following areas: story coherence/text structure, listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary and oral language (e.g., formal definitions, morphological awareness, figurative language, syntax), and fluency with expository and narrative texts.

These advanced assessment tools are designed to provide additional in-depth information to help improve instruction for students who have not yet reached their grade-level benchmark goals, have met some benchmark goals but are inaccurate in their skills, or are older but have very low skills. Both PA & WRD and CFOL may be used any time an educator would like to have additional assessment on a student who is not making sufficient progress and when more information is needed for instructional planning.

The Acadience Reading Diagnostic assessments do not replace Acadience Reading K-6. The assessments have different, but complementary, purposes (see the table below). Although using Acadience Reading and Acadience Reading Survey (published as DIBELS Next® Survey) is not required in order to use the Acadience Reading Diagnostic assessments, they provide information for determining an efficient starting place.

  Students Tested Purpose Skills Measured
Acadience Reading
K-6
All Students Benchmark
Assessment
Indicators of 5 key basic early literacy skills
Some Students Progress
Monitoring
Acadience Reading
Survey1
Some Students Determine instructional level Indicators of 5 key basic early literacy skills
Determine progress monitoring level
Help set appropriate
out-of-level goals
Acadience Reading
Diagnostic PA & WRD2
Some Students Diagnostic Basic early literacy skills —
phonemic awareness,
alphabetic principle/phonics
Acadience Reading Diagnostic CFOL Some Students Diagnostic Basic early literacy skills —
comprehension,
oral language/vocabulary,
fluency
1. published as DIBELS Next Survey    2. published as DIBELS Next PA & WRD

All Acadience Reading Diagnostic measures are individually administered, untimed diagnostic assessments of critical reading skills for students in grades K-6 and for older students with very low skills. The precise information provided by these assessments helps educators make informed decisions and answer questions to better target instruction for struggling readers:

  • What types of support do students need (i.e., prompts, modeling, or scaffolding)?
  • What specific skills should be the focus of instruction or intervention?
  • What instructional strategies should be implemented?

These rigorously researched materials are:

  • Highly rated in terms of usefulness of data and ease of use
  • Used to assess all the critical skills involved in reading for meaning, at an adequate rate, and with a high degree of accuracy
  • Aligned with the Common Core State Standards
  • Time-efficient and cost-effective
  • Linked to Acadience Reading K-6 but can be used for students who are not reaching benchmark on any screener

Acadience Reading Diagnostic measures are available for:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Word Reading and Decoding
  • Comprehension (listening and reading)
  • Fluency
  • Oral Language (e.g., grammar, syntax, vocabulary and morphology)

How to Get Acadience Reading Diagnostic

PA & WRD

Acadience Reading Diagnostic PA & WRD is published as DIBELS Deep PA & WRD. It is available for purchase from Voyager Sopris Learning.

For samples, please email DMG at info@acadiencelearning.org.

Visit Voyager Sopris Learning


CFOL

Acadience Reading Diagnostic CFOL is available for purchase from DMG at a special introductory price for the 2018-2019 school year.

For samples, please email DMG at info@acadiencelearning.org.

For more details, read our announcement.


Acadience Reading Diagnostic Resources

Common Core Alignment Document for PA & WRD
 

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PA & WRD Fact Sheet
A printer-friendly overview of PA & WRD.

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Common Core Alignment Document for CFOL
 

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CFOL Fact Sheet
A printer-friendly overview of CFOL.

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