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Spark It: A free reading assessment tool for parents and teachers


reading assessmentIt’s unfortunate, but every year we encounter struggling readers who have been lost in the shuffle or flown under the “reading radar” for years. So you can imagine how pleased we were to come across Spark it, a free reading assessment tool that not only evaluates readers’ skill level, but also offers recommendations for improvement and activities to develop their skills.

What impressed us about Spark It was its “user-friendliness.” As parents facilitate the four parts of the assessment, they’re guided by pop-up icons that tell them exactly what to do, when to do it and what they should say. Should parents experience any issues during the assessment, they can refer to the “tips” icon.

SparkIt assesses students’ proficiency in four areas:

  • Vocabulary (Picture Identification): Looking at pictures of objects and correctly naming the objects
  • Fluency (Rapid Naming): Quickly naming a string of familiar items—a series of numbers, letters or colors
  • Phonemic Awareness: Understanding how individual letter sounds combine to make a word and saying them
  • Letter and Word Calling: Pronouncing letters and words correctly, either by sight (just knowing it) or by sounding them out

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Once the reading assessment is finished, you’ll receive instant results (see above picture) along with a personalized plan to help the reader improve his or her skills.



This assessment is not free. It costs $19.99.
Posted @ Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:54 PM by Stacey
Hi, Stacey:  
Duly noted. Thank you for letting us know!
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:00 AM by The MAT Team
Thanks for the blog post. I'm the VP of Product Management at Palm Publishing, the company that created Sparkit Reading. The assessment was free during our early product testing phase and we'd like to keep it that way for your readers. Feel free to share the code MAT13 with anyone who would like to use the assessment. It will give them 100% off the 19.99 option which is full access to one assessment and the personalized plan. All we ask is that folks help us make the product better by filling out a survey once they've used the site.  
Kind Regards 
Jeevan Padiyar
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:11 PM by Jeevan Padiyar
That's very generous, Jeevan. Our readers will certainly appreciate this! Thank you.  
-The MAT Team
Posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 8:33 AM by The MAT Team
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