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i-Ready Early Reading Tasks

Ensuring Students Are on Track for Reading Success

The i-Ready Early Reading Tasks provide information on whether a student is performing below, at, or above grade-level expectations on phonological awareness, encoding, and fluency-related reading skills. Used as a complement to i-Ready Diagnostic, these assessments help provide a comprehensive snapshot of a student’s overall reading performance.

New for the 2021–2022 School Year

i-Ready Early Reading Tasks measure student progress toward reaching grade-level expectations for reading with new tools to support one-on-one assessment of literacy skills.

i-Ready Early Reading Tasks:

  • Flexible and modularized: Educators can use the tasks they believe will best help identify their students’ literacy needs.
  • One-on-one administered: Tasks measure those skills best evaluated in a one-on-one setting with a teacher and a student, allowing the educator to see firsthand how to best help the student achieve grade-level proficiency in key foundational literacy skills.
  • Cover important pre-reading and reading skills consistent with the science of reading: The tasks are available for the assessment of rapid automatized naming, phonological awareness, letter naming fluency, letter sound fluency, word/pseudoword reading fluency, and spelling/encoding.
  • Scores recorded through downloadable spreadsheets: Templated spreadsheets allow educators to enter and track student scores to help drive day-to-day instruction.

Varied Tasks for Flexible Uses, Including:

  • Universal literacy screening: When used in conjunction with the Diagnostic, identify students who may benefit from reteaching of critical literacy skills.
  • Dyslexia risk factor screening: Tasks can be used to address state and district dyslexia risk factor screening requirements.
  • Use with i-Ready Diagnostic to get a complete picture of a student’s literacy skills: The Diagnostic measures reading skills in four of the five essential reading components (i.e., Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, and Comprehension), plus high-frequency words. i-Ready Early Reading Tasks measure the fifth component—Fluency—and they also provide a deep dive into Phonological Awareness and spelling and encoding skills. Taken together, educators can have a full picture of a student’s reading proficiency.

What’s Included

i-Ready Early Reading Tasks consist of:

  • Student and examiner versions of tasks, available as downloadable PDFs
  • Materials for scoring via downloadable PDFs
  • The i-Ready Early Reading Tasks Manual, which provides:
    • An overview of the content and scoring of each task
    • Instructions for downloading the tasks
    • Recommended task progressions to inform instructional needs
  • Class record sheets

A Variety of Tasks

22 tasks are included, with between two and 10 forms available for each task type. Most tasks are for use in Grades K–3, although most can be used in higher grades when appropriate for screening purposes.

Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN)
Students’ automaticity can be measured using non-alphanumeric and alphanumeric stimuli with forms available for:

  • Objects
  • Colors
  • Letters
  • Numerals

Phonological Awareness
Students’ Phonological Awareness skills can be measured as they increase in sophistication from larger to small units of sound using the forms in these assessments:

  • Syllables (e.g., blend, segment, add, delete)
  • Onset-Rime (e.g., blend, segment, add, delete)
  • Blend
  • Segment
  • Phoneme Manipulation (e.g., addition, deletion, substitution)

Letter Naming Fluency
Students’ letter naming fluency can be measured through identification of letter names. Additionally, mixed-case forms can be used as RAN measurement for some students. There are forms available for:

  • Uppercase Letters
  • Lowercase Letters
  • Mixed-Case Letters

Letter Sound Fluency
Students’ letter sound fluency can be measured through identification of letter sounds with forms available for:

  • Uppercase Letters
  • Lowercase Letters
  • Mixed-Case Letters

Word Reading Fluency
Students’ automatic word recognition and decoding skills can be measured on grade-level–appropriate high-frequency words and pseudowords that reflect grade-level decoding ability, with forms available for:

  • Real Words/Nonsense Words for Grade K
  • Real Words/Nonsense Words for Grade 1
  • Real Words/Nonsense Words for Grade 2
  • Real Words/Nonsense Words for Grade 3

Spelling and Encoding Skills
Students’ spelling of familiar words and encoding of less-familiar decodable words are assessed based on grade-level expectations, with forms available for:

  • Spelling/Encoding for Grade 1
  • Spelling/Encoding for Grade 2
  • Spelling/Encoding for Grade 3

All components of the Early Reading Tasks are available through i-Ready as downloadable, printable PDFs, putting the assessment process where it belongs—in the hands of teachers. Teachers administer and score the assessments and record results offline.

The i-Ready Early Reading Tasks are available at no additional charge to i-Ready Diagnostic for Reading license holders.

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