Our online diagnostic reading evaluations are research-based and effective in determining the nature of a reading problem.
Children have difficulty learning to read for many reasons. One needs to understand the problem. Our diagnostic evaluations identify the possibilities.
RSL sorts out the different possibilities is by measuring both response time and accuracy in all evaluation tests.
The response time indicates how automatic a skill is. Thinking takes time. To be a good reader one must be both fast and accurate when reading.
The tasks involved in the testing depend on the child’s grade. For younger grades there is an emphasis on phonological and phonemic awareness. All tests are grade appropriate.
A unique aspect of RSL testing is that we measure both the response time and accuracy for each test item. The more one has to think the longer it takes. Fast indicates automatic.
With most tasks the student responds by speaking out loud and pressing SPACEBAR simultaneously. Other tasks require an onscreen button click. For those tasks response time is less critical.
RSL combines response time and accuracy into a single measure we call fluency. Fluent readers are both fast and accurate. Fluency is the key to being a good reader.
When fluency is missing the reader is typically slow and inaccurate. Comprehension typically suffers as a consequence.
Upon completion of a diagnostic evaluation the system generates and displays a comprehensive report. This report is personalized and individualized based on results of testing and background information entered. No two reports are the same. The report can be printed and is always available for future viewing. View Sample Report
Report sections include: