The Predictive Assessment of Reading (PAR): The Best Universal Screener I’ve Seen
With the explosion of legislation mandating early-school reading screening comes all sorts of questions about which screener does the best job. I think the PAR is it.
About a year ago I interviewed Gavin Haque who is the representative from Red E Set Grow, the publisher of PAR. I want to share the recording of the interview with you today. I was fascinated and I think you will be too.
What I like best is the level of support the tool provides for both educators AND parents AFTER the screening is completed. Very robust. Very thorough.
A Few Facts From the Website
PAR is built from a huge NIH database of neuropsychological testing results which was collected starting in 1986 at Wake Forest University. No one else in the world had access to that kind of data. It let the developers of PAR do things no one else could do.
The PAR is a 10- to 15-minute, four-part test that analyzes children’s reading skills and predicts their success years later if no intervention is given.
The test, which can be given the spring before children enter kindergarten, as well as to kindergarteners through third graders, focuses on:
- Picture vocabulary
- Letter or word calling
- Phonemic awareness
- Rapid naming
Whether you’re an educator or a parent, please take the time to listen to this interview. I think the PAR solves a key challenge for many of us who are implementing early reading screening.
I hope you enjoy.