Diagnostic Assessments of Reading™, Second Edition

  • Scoring

    The teacher/test administrator simultaneously administers and scores DAR tests, marking students' responses as correct, incorrect, or omitted. A mastery criterion has been set for each test, and the student continues with each test until a highest mastery level has been established.

    DAR ScoringPro

    DAR ScoringPro software allows aggregation and disaggregation of student scores collected from the DAR Interpretive Profile. Available reports include an individual report/profile and a class list report. Not available for Macintosh.

    You can use DAR to assess student performance in nine key areas of student learning in reading and language arts.

    Print Awareness

    • Evaluate whether a student understands basic concepts involved in using the printed word

    Phonological Awareness
    Assess phonological awareness with tasks involving:

    • Rhyming words
    • Segmenting words into syllables
    • Hearing initial and final consonant sounds
    • Auditory blending

    Letters and Sounds
    Evaluate specific early decoding skills, including:

    • Identifying capital and lowercase letters
    • Matching letters and matching words
    • Writing words using basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondence

    Word Recognition

    • Listen to a student read graded word lists that gradually increase in difficulty
    • Determine word-reading levels

    Word Analysis
    Evaluate key decoding and structural analysis skills, including:

    • Consonant sounds and blends
    • Short vowel sounds
    • Rule of silent e
    • Vowel digraphs and diphthongs
    • Vowels with r
    • Two-syllable and polysyllabic words

    Oral Reading Accuracy and Fluency

    • Listen to a student read aloud
    • Identify specific decoding errors
    • Evaluate level of fluency

    Silent Reading Comprehension

    • Observe a student reading independently
    • Review a student's answers to comprehension questions
    • Evaluate a student's oral retelling of a text read silently
    • Determine comprehension strengths and key areas for improvement


    • Dictate spelling words using a familiar classroom format
    • Assess a student's spelling skills and knowledge of letter-sound correspondence

    Word Meaning

    • Learn about a student's knowledge of word meanings
    • Review the results to estimate a student's language abilities

    System Requirements

    • Microsoft Windows® ME/2000/XP operating systems (2000 and XP recommended)
    • Pentium II® processor
    • 96 megabytes (MB) RAM (128 MB recommended)
    • Internet Explorer 5.01 or later
    • Client Networking for Windows and File/Print Sharing
    • MDAC 2.78 or later recommended
    • CD-ROM or DVD drive
    • SVGA monitor (.NET-compatible video card)
    • 150 MB hard disk space

    Macintosh: Not Available

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