Academic Knowledge and Skills

The Academic Knowledge and Skills Domain Includes measurement tools on conventional academic areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Language. Many of these Academic Domain instruments can be used to monitor students’ academic progress, provide continuous assessment, and identify gifted students and those experiencing delays.

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English Language Arts

The Abecedarian Reading Assessment is a comprehensive test that covers the essential domains for reading. The test consists of the decoding, vocabulary, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, phoneme awareness, and knowledge of the alphabetic principle subtests.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade

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The aimswebPlus is the newest version of aimsweb assessments for students in grades PreK-12. Each of the standards-aligned reading test's subtests can be administered in under four minutes. The assessment can be used for progress monitoring and as a universal screening tool for dyslexia and behavior. aimswebPlus is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The Analytical Reading Inventory (ARI) is an informal tool designed to measure the reading level of students from primer to ninth grade and identify a instructional plan for improvement. The tenth edition of ARI offers detailed instructions and case study for teachers of all experience levels to assess their students' reading abilities. It is comprised of a series of literary and informational text reading passages of increasing difficulty.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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aReading, or Adaptive Reading, is an assessment that measures the reading skills of students grades K-12. The test can be used to screen and identify students at risk for academic delays, but is not meant for progress monitoring. aReading is a computer adaptive and contains both multiple-choice and open response questions.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The BADER Reading and Language Inventory was constructed for use by teachers of K–12 and adult students to determine literacy levels, to plan instruction, and to make referrals to appropriate specialists. The inventory provides valid, reliable procedures for individual assessment, as well as subtests and checklists to discover inhibiting conditions that can be im- proved with appropriate instruction.

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Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

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The Boehm Test of Basic Concepts Third Edition (Boehm-3) is a comprehensive assessment for children grades K-2 that contains 50 basic concepts. The test can be used to identify students at risk for academic delays and to monitor progress. Boehm-3 is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

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The Boehm-3 Preschool assessment contains 26 basic concepts for children in preschool. The test can be used to identify students who are behind in comprehending basic relational concepts. The tool allows educators to assess each concept twice and can be administered in less than 30 minutes. Boehm-3 Preschool is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten

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The Bracken Basic Concept Scale Third Edition consists of the Receptive test (BBCS-3:R) and the Expressive test (BBCS-3:E). BBCS-3:R assesses children's cognitive and language development using non-verbal tasks, wile BBCS-3:E requires the child to verbally respond. The Bracken Basic Concept Scale, which aligns with IDEA 2004 requirements, can screen children for school readiness and identify those with developmental delays. The assessment's results can be used in conjunction with the Bracken Concept Development Program to plan intervention. The Bracken Basic Concept Scale is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

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The BRIGANCE Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills II is a comprehensive assessment for students in grades K-9 and contains over 400 tests for reading/ELA and mathematics. The assessment is aligned with state and national standards and can be used for monitoring progress, providing ongoing assessment, and writing IEPs. The CIBS offers both criterion-referenced and norm-referenced measures.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade

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The BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screens III is a short screening tool that can be used to identify students for delays and giftedness. The assessment is offered for three age ranges: 0-35 months, 3-5 years, and K and 1st grade. The tool can be administered in less than 15 minutes per child, in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: < 3 Years 1, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

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The BRIGANCE Head Start Screens III is a developmental screening tool that allows educators to assess children's readiness for kindergarten and identify delays or giftedness. The tool is offered for two age ranges: 0-2 years and 3-5 years. The Head Start Screens III is aligned with and correlated to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. The tool can be administered in less than 15 minutes per child, in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: < 3 Years 1, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten

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The Inventory of Early Development III (IED III) is a comprehensive tool that contains over 100 assessments that are aligned to state and national standards as well as IDEA requirements. The tool can be used to provide ongoing assessment, monitor progress, and write IEPs for students from birth to grade 8. The IED III offers both criterion-referenced and norm-referenced measures.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: < 3 Years 1, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

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The CogAT is an asssessment for students in grades K-12 that was co-developed with the Iowa Assessments. There are three batteries: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal. The CogAT can be used to differentiate instruction and identify strengths and weaknesses. Each test takes 15 minutes or less to administer, and can be offered in English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing Second Edition (CTOPP-2) is an assessment that focuses on measuring the phonological processing abilities of students grades PreK-12. The CTOPP-2 contains several composites: phonological awareness, phonological memory, rapid symbolic naming, rapid non-symbolic naming, and alternate phonological awareness.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) 8th Edition is an assessment that can be used for benchmark screening and monitoring growth of students in grades K-8. The early literacy development tool is a valid dyslexia screener as well. DIBELS is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Reading and is also a valid dyslexia screener. Starting in 2020-2021, DIBELS 8th Edition will replace DIBELS Next and DIBELS 6th Edition.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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The Developmental Reading Assessment Second Edition, PLUS (DRA2+) is a system that measures students' reading performance. The tool can be used by educators to identify each student's instructional needs and to inform practices. The DRA2 Benchmark Assessment consists of four steps: reading engagement, reading conference, reading comprehension, and teacher anlysis. The assessment is available in both English and Spanish (Evaluación del desarrollo de la lectura is the bilingual version modeled off of DRA2).

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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By accurately determining a child’s reading strengths and weaknesses, a classroom teacher can develop an instruction strategy that best serves the child’s needs. ERDA SECOND EDITION provides a comprehensive diagnostic tool that measures the five research-based building blocks of reading at kindergarten through third grade. ERDA SECOND EDITION diagnoses understanding of phonemic and phonological awareness through a series of subtests that assess the child’s ability to hear sound units in spoken language: phonemes, rhymes (kindergarten only), rime, and syllables.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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easyCBM Reading is an assessment for students grades K-6 that can be used for universal screening and progress monitoring. The assessment contains eight curriculum-based measures and is consistent with a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. easyCBM Reading is designed to be administered three times per year to assess early literacy development and progress.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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The fifth edition of the Ekwall/Shanker Reading Inventory (ESRI) updates and reorganizes this highly successful informal reading inventory. The ESRI provides an expanded battery of 39 diagnostic tests in 11 different areas that enable the teacher-candidate, classroom teacher, special education teacher, or reading specialist to assess the full range of students' reading abilities.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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The Early Reading Assessment (ERA) is an assessment for children in grades K-2 that helps educators identify students with delays in reading abilities. Teachers, special educators, speech pathologists, and school psychologists can administer the test. The ERA, which takes 10-15 minutes to complete, contains the written word vocabulary, rapid orthographic naming, and silent orthographic efficiency core subtests that combine to create the Early Reading Index.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

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The Expressive Vocabulary Test Second Edition (EVT-2) is an assessment that measures expressive vocabulary and word retrieval for Standard American English. The test is created to align with the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test Fourth Edition (PPVT-4). The EVT-2 can be used for monitoring progress and providing interventions. It offers two test forms with different items so that students do not become accustomed to the test.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Post secondary

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CBMreading (Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading) is an assessment that can be used for screening and monitoring the progress of students in grades 1-12. CBMreading is an index of word reading efficiency, and can be administered in one minute per assessment. The test can be used up to five times per year to screen students and is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: English Language Arts

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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Math

The aimswebPlus is the newest version of aimsweb assessments for students in grades PreK-12. Each of the standards-aligned test's subtests can be administered in under four minutes. The assessment can be used for progress monitoring and as a universal screening tool. aimswebPlus is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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The Boehm Test of Basic Concepts Third Edition (Boehm-3) is a comprehensive assessment for children grades K-2 that contains 50 basic concepts. The test can be used to identify students at risk for academic delays and to monitor progress. Boehm-3 is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

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The Boehm-3 Preschool assessment contains 26 basic concepts for children in preschool. The test can be used to identify students who are behind in comprehending basic relational concepts. The tool allows educators to assess each concept twice and can be administered in less than 30 minutes. Boehm-3 Preschool is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten

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The Bracken Basic Concept Scale Third Edition consists of the Receptive test (BBCS-3:R) and the Expressive test (BBCS-3:E). BBCS-3:R assesses children's cognitive and language development using non-verbal tasks, wile BBCS-3:E requires the child to verbally respond. The Bracken Basic Concept Scale, which aligns with IDEA 2004 requirements, can screen children for school readiness and identify those with developmental delays. The assessment's results can be used in conjunction with the Bracken Concept Development Program to plan intervention. The Bracken Basic Concept Scale is available in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

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The BRIGANCE Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (CIBS) is a comprehensive assessment for students in grades K-9 and contains over 400 tests for reading/ELA and mathematics. The assessment is aligned with state and national standards and can be used for monitoring progress, providing ongoing assessment, and writing IEPs. The CIBS offers both criterion-referenced and norm-referenced measures.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade

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The BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screens III is an instrument that provides quick, easy, and accurate screening of critical predictors of school success, including physical development, language, academic/cognitive, self-help, and social-emotional skills—all in just 10–15 minutes per child. The assessment can be used to measure delays and/or giftedness and offers three age groups: 0-35 months, 3-5 years, and K and 1st grade.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: < 3 Years 1, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

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The BRIGANCE Head Start Screens III is a developmental screening tool that allows educators to assess children's readiness for kindergarten and identify delays or giftedness. The tool is offered for two age ranges: 0-2 years and 3-5 years. The Head Start Screens III is aligned with and correlated to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. The tool can be administered in less than 15 minutes per child, in both English and Spanish.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: < 3 Years 1, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

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The new IED III is a comprehensive collection of more than 100 developmental assessments. The IED III has been fully updated to reflect the most current developmental research and strongly aligns to the College and Career Readiness Standards and other state standards. The criterion-referenced IED III makes it easy to assess the educational strengths and needs of students functioning from birth up to the developmental age of 8.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: < 3 Years 1, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

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Children's Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a computer-adaptive assessment that measures early mathematics skills. The instrument, which is available in English and Spanish, can be taken 3-9 times a year and is untimed. CPAA is aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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The CTOBS-2 is an assessment that measures the math and reading skills of children ages 6 to 11. The instrument can be administered in 15-20 minutes and offers Frustration, Instructional, and Mastery level performance criteria.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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The Early Learning Scale (ELS) is an assessment that is based on observations of PK students. The instrument covers Math/Science, Social-Emotional/Social Studies, and Language and Literacy, with a Motor Development supplement. The ELS can be used with English Language learners, gifted children, and children with special needs.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten

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easyCBM CCSS Math is an assessment that for grades K-8 that can be used for benchmark screening and progress monitoring. The instrument, developed by University of Oregon, is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and is available in English and Spanish.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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easyCBM NCTM Math is an assessment that for grades K-6 that can be used for benchmark screening. The instrument, developed by University of Oregon, is aligned with the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Focal Points and is available in English and Spanish.

Subdomain: Math

Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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