WhoAll students Grade 1 and up. We recommend middle of year for first grade and all struggling readers beyond Grade 5.
WhenThree times a year; new enrollments; summer school sessions.
AdministrationOne-on-one using 2 iPads or 2 Chromebooks. Device one is used for scoring and recording student responses, device two is used to display words for the student to read aloud. You control the student screen via bluetooth or internet, minimizing testing time and eliminating the need for paper and pencils.
ScoringWords are scored at the error level or entire word by clicking on the specific letters the student misreads, or marking the entire word correct or incorrect. This scoring feature automatically produces reports allowing you to accurately identify specific phonics skills students need instruction on. There is also a note taking option, allowing you to track and record exactly what the student said.
TimingThe assessment is NOT timed, but students are only allowed 3 seconds per word, with a total of 36 randomized words representing 12 most critical phonics patterns . The assessment only takes about 3 minutes total, including set-up, reading the directions, and scoring each word.
TrainingEasy to use with tips like key words and prerecorded pronunciations of each word, making it easy to administer and score. Most people learn how to use KeyPhonics in under 1 hour.
Skills AssesedIncludes the 12 most critical phonics patterns (CVC, CVCC, R-Controlled, CVCe, Vowel Team, Digraphs, Blends, CVCCVC, Prefixes, Short vowel with Suffix, Long vowel with Suffix, and Contractions) with 3 words per category for a total of 36 words.
The words are all nonsense (i.e., except contractions), and they include single and multisyllabic patterns making it appropriate for any grade level.
Instant ReportsAre available at the grade, class, and individual level. They can be viewed right away or can be retrieved and printed later. Screener results allow you to determine:
- Is every student grade 1 and up learning phonics
- Are phonics skills improving over time for students in my classroom
- Which students in my classroom need help with phonics and which do not need help
- Which students in my classroom need a diagnostic test
Linked to InstructionReports allow you to make the following instructional determinations.
Which phonics skills should I teach:
- Are there phonics skills I need to teach (i.e., skills have not yet been learned)
- Are there phonics skills I need to review/reteach (i.e., skills that were once mastered but students are now struggling with)
- Are there phonics skills I can ignore (i.e., skills are mastered and I can focus on teaching other skills)
How should I group students:
- Which phonics skills should I teach the whole class (i.e., most students need instruction on this skill)
- Which phonics skills should I teach a small group (i.e., only a few students need help with this skill)
- Which phonics skills should I teach one-on-one (i.e., only 1 student is struggling with the skill)