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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: Sebastian Wren and Jennifer Watts
Date Published: 2002

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Cost Free download
Time to administer Varies depending on subtests given
Administration Individual
Grades K, 1
Cognitive elements
Cipher Knowledge
Lexical Knowledge
Phoneme Awareness
Knowledge of Alphabetic Principle
Letter Knowledge
Semantics (Vocabulary and Morphology)
Phonological Awareness
Subtests and
skills assessed
Letter Knowledge — Students must quickly and correctly identify upper-case and lower-case letters (mixed) of the alphabet. Students must also not incorrectly identify "foils" as letters (e.g. numbers, punctuation marks, etc.).

Rhyming Perception — Student must determine if two words rhyme.

Identity Perception — Student must determine if a word contains a certain phoneme (e.g. do you hear /s/ in "card"?).

Rhyming Production — Student must produce at least two rhyming words for each target word.

Identity Production — Student must produce a word that contains a specified phoneme (e.g. give me a word that contains a /t/)

First Sounds — Student must identify the first sound (phoneme) in each word.

Last Sounds — Student must identify the last sound (phoneme) in each word.

Phoneme Segmentation — Student must say a word aloud with a clear pause inserted between each phoneme in the word.

Alphabetic Principle — Student must determine which of two written words is being spoken by the teacher (can be determined by length of the word).

Vocabulary Production — Student must generate a reasonable definition for each word in a list.

Vocabulary Antonyms — Student must determine which word has the opposite meaning of a target word.

Vocabulary Synonyms — Student must determine which word has a similar meaning as a target word.

Decoding Fluency — Student must quickly and accurately identify a mix of regular and irregular words.

Decoding Irregular Words — Student must accurately identify a set of irregular words.

Decoding Regular Words — Student must accurately identify a set of regular words.
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This is a criterion-referenced assessment. No normative data is reported.
Notes This assessment is available for free download (in PDF format) from The authors recommend using certain subtests as a screen for all students, and using the rest of the subtests to more carefully examine students who did not do well on the screen. This assessment is appropriate for kindergarten and beginning-of-year 1st grade.

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