Ensure the right placement for every student
Grades 3–12 Literacy Intervention

Matching student needs to targeted resources can mean the difference between literacy success and a lifetime of struggle—in and out of the classroom. How can you ensure students are placed into the right type of intervention for the right amount of time?

The Phonics Inventory empowers educators to quickly identify which students are in need of intensive foundational skills intervention and which would be better served with resources focused on comprehension and fluency.

Fast, accurate, and scalable—Phonics Inventory takes the guesswork out of accurately placing students into appropriate reading intervention programs.

Phonics Screener

Reliably screen all students across your class, school, or district for an accurate and easy-to-interpret representation of proficiency levels, intervention needs, and resource allocation needs.

Placement Test

Place students into targeted intervention programs designed to deliver personalized instruction to close proficiency gaps and set them on the path to success.

Progress Monitor

Monitor each student's progress in decoding, sight word recognition, and comprehension to ensure the effectiveness of intervention programs and provide additional resources where needed.

Identify, Assess, Instruct

Phonics Inventory takes the guesswork out of process by providing a reliable tool for pinpointing the exact nature of your students' intervention needs with a foundational reading assessment designed to measure fluency of phonological decoding and sight word recognition in older, struggling students.

Who Is a Candidate?  

Which of your students are best served by Phonics Inventory?

  • Students in Grades 3-12
  • Students at or below an established percentile on state or national assessments
  • Students at or below an established Lexile® measure on the Reading Inventory®
  • Students who tend to use visual memory and sight word recall for reading and/or cannot work with new words independently
Effectively Screen & Assess

Practice Tests
Administer Practice Tests ahead of time to warm students up by allowing them to get comfortable with the testing interface.

Letter Recognition Test
Measure students’ ability to identify lowercase letters and read aloud.

Sight Word Recognition Test
Assess students’ knowledge of high-frequency sight words by asking them to overlook orthographically similar words that appear as distractions.

Nonword Decoding Test
Determine students’ pure decoding skills in a decontextualized environment by asking them to decode nonsense words that follow the structural conventions of the English language but have no meanings.

Actionable Reports
Foster a Strong Home-School Connection

Recognizing the value of a strong home-school connection, Phonics Inventory provides educators with templates for keeping parents up to date on their child’s progress.

Introductory Family Letter

Sent home prior to a student’s assessment, this letter template is available in English and Spanish and explains the purpose of the assessments.

Follow-Up Family Letter

Sent home after each test administration, this report allows you to report data from the most recent assessment and add comments relevant to the specific student.

Authors & Advisors

Developed in partnership with nation's leading literacy authors and experts, Phonics Inventory was built on decades of experience and scientifically based research.

Dr. Richard Wagner
Professor, Florida State University
Dr. Ted Hasselbring
Emeritus Professor, Vanderbilt University

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