Since every word must have a vowel, knowing the sounds the vowels make is essential to reading.
The Short Vowels Assessment is designed to answer two questions: 1) How well does the student hear or perceive the short vowel sounds in single-syllable spoken words? 2) How well does the student represent in print the short vowel sounds in single-syllable spoken words?
The answers to these two questions are crucial to understanding the current levels of performance of your beginning readers. The Short Vowels Assessment is an important addition to your literacy program AND it’s super easy to administer.
The assessment and directions can be administered in a group setting, such as whole class instruction, literacy centers, small group instruction, etc. provided each student is working alone. The entire assessment does not have to be administered during one sitting; it can be administered over time to meet scheduling needs. It is not standardized and normed. The only administration requirement is that the examiner labels the target words consistently (i.e., uses the specified label in the Naming Directions for each target word).
The Short Vowels Assessment is a functional and working assessment of your students’ short vowel knowledge. It can be administered as often as you like and the results can be easily recorded and tracked to demonstrate student performance and progress. A unique graph to plot test results is included. The graph is a vivid visual tool to display student performance and progress and is a great tool to share during parent conferences. Best of all, the Short Vowels Assessment results are immediate and useable for planning instruction!
The Short Vowels Assessment is composed of three subtests:
Subtest 1: Perception of Vowel Sounds (Phonemic Awareness)
• This subtest (25 items) is a measure of how well students perceive the sameness or difference in the short vowel sounds in one-syllable spoken words.
Subtest 2: Print to Sound Translation (Identification)
• This subtest (40 items) is a measure of how well students can identify the letter that corresponds to the short vowel sound in one-syllable spoken words.
Subtest 3: Print to Sound Translation (Writing)
• This subtest (40 items) is a measure of how well students can write the letter that corresponds to the short vowel sound in one-syllable spoken words.
Naming Practice is a pre-activity that is included in the assessment package. This is a simple and fun process in which students are asked to name aloud the target words used in the assessment. Because pictures can have more than one referent or name, it is important to make sure naming is consistent to insure the validity of the test results.
Know what your students’ current levels of performance are with The Short Vowels Assessment.
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