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The essential cognitive elements of the reading process have been outlined in the Cognitive Framework of Reading. To assist educators in organizing their assessment practices around the cognitive framework, we've created a way to easily search for published early reading assessments that specifically test skills and knowledge outlined by the Cognitive Framework of Reading.

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Author: Ellis Richardson and Barbara DiBenedetto
Date Published: 1985

To Purchase this assessment, you must contact the publisher.
ProEd Publishing Co.
12031 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025-1251


Cost $156.00 for classroom kit
Time to administer 15 to 30 minutes
Administration Individual
Grades 1, 2, 3, and higher
Cognitive elements
Cipher Knowledge
Subtests and
skills assessed
Basal vocabulary — Student must correctly identify regular and irregular words from graded lists

Phonic patterns — Student must correctly identify both real and nonsense words — all real words are regular, decodable words.

Contextual decoding — Student must read short passages of text while teacher assesses comprehension, reading rate, and reading accuracy.

Language(s) tool can
be administered in
Score reporting
and test design data
This is a criterion referenced test; no normative data is presented. Scores are reported as raw scores and reading achievement level scores. Reliability for this assessment was determined using a sample of more than 1,200 students across Atlanta, Georgia, along with 238 children in New York City in 1978. Internal reliability measures were found to be in the .90 range, and test-retest reliability scores were in the .90 range
Notes This test can be used as a screening device, but the publishers state that it is especially useful with students who have already demonstrated reading difficulties.

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