The Future of Reading Assessment?

As the line between homeschools and public schools are blurred I spend more time watching the new players. Child’sMind Publishing announced a 2nd place finish to Adobe Systems in the 2009 SIIA Innovation Incubator Show Case competition with their product Predictive Assessment of Reading. Here is what they say about PAR:

Would you like:

  • a 15-minute assessment test that determines which K-3 students will need extra assistance with reading?
  • to identify those students before failure sets in?
  • a test that identifies each student’s problem area?
  • test results that include suggestions for intervention?

We think you’ll like Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR).

When you can predict the future, you can intervene appropriately.

The Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR) test is quick, simple, effective, “teacher friendly” test that assesses reading proficiency for students in grades K-3 and accurately predicts each child’s overall future reading level through the 8th grade.

Par’s press release carried the subject line, Predictive Assessment of Reading recognized as educational innovation also notes:

Child’sMind Publishing, www.childsmindpublishing.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, is a start-up whose mission is to bring university researched educational products to market. The main product is the Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR). In 15 minutes, it can produce the WJBR score with 90 percent accuracy, diagnose the single most important reading skill that needs to be corrected for the child to improve and then prescribe a targeted plan for each child. Child’sMind Publishing is looking for angel investors to fund the launch of the company.

Should we really be relying on a 15 minute test to plot the future of our very young children?

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One Response to The Future of Reading Assessment?

  1. ChristineMM on May 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Definately not. I have real reasons to back this up. Perhaps I should blog them or submit an article to HEM about my son’s experience taking a battery of tests to help a student teacher. Having one child take many different tests with all different results was scary and revealed test flaws.

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