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Assessing Foundational Fluency Skills

Protocols for the Administration, Scoring and Interpretation of the Rapid Automatized Naming/Rapid Alternating Stimulus (RAN/RAS) and Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2) Measures 

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Course Description

This 10-hour course provides guidance and support in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of two frequently utilized standardized assessments of reading automaticity:

1- The Rapid Automatized Naming/Rapid Alternating Stimulus (RAN/RAS, Pro-Ed) assessment measures students' foundational abilities to name objects, letters, numbers, and alternating stimulus. The RAN/RAS can be used for screening risk of dyslexia and comprehensive evaluations.

2-The Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2, Pro-Ed) measures students' reading efficiency with both commonly occurring sight words and phonetically regular "nonsense" words. The TOWRE-2 can be used during comprehensive evaluations and as a progress monitoring tool.

As information regarding the "science of reading" becomes widely available educators are seeking methods to better understand the nature of their students' reading impairments.

One common reason children experience difficulty becoming "fluent readers" is related to weaknesses in their reading automaticity or naming speed. Naming Speed weaknesses are estimated to affect approximately 20% of struggling readers. The administration of selected standardized assessments can help determine when a student is experiencing a naming speed weakness.

Guidance and Support in the Administration and

Interpretation of Standardized Assessments

Through a series of 7 modules, the course offers participants complete guidance on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of students' performance on the RAN/RAS and TOWRE-2.

Course highlights include:

  • Background on the science of reading, and the prevalence of naming speed weaknesses among struggling readers and those with dyslexia.
  • Guidance on the interpretation of standardized scorespercentile ranks, and grade equivalents.
  • Opportunities to observe and practice scoring protocols.
  • Integration of case studies to interpret student performance.
  • Use of the TOWRE-2 as a progress monitoring tool to track skill development across time.

 Course Modules: The course is comprised of 7 hours of self-guided coursework and 3 hours of live workshops.

Live Instruction: Live workshops take place on July 27 & August 24, 2021 from 6 - 7:30pm EST, attendance at live workshops is required.

Course Materials: Tuition includes, a PDF of course content, and sample RAN/RAS & TOWRE materials. The full assessments are not included in the price of the course.

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