FAST: earlyReading Spanish

Letter Sounds

Rating Summary

Classification Accuracyhalf bubble
GeneralizabilityModerate Low
Reliabilityfull bubble
Validityempty bubble
Disaggregated Reliability and Validity DataN A
Efficiency
AdministrationIndividual
Administration & Scoring Time1-2 Minutes
Scoring KeyComputer Scored
Benchmarks / NormsYes
Cost Technology, Human Resources, and Accommodations for Special Needs Service and Support Purpose and Other Implementation Information Usage and Reporting

The Formative Assessment System for Teachers™ (FAST) is online software that requires no hardware or special add-ons. FAST is supported by an extensive set of materials to support teachers and students, including self-directed training modules that allow teachers to become certified to administer each of the FAST assessments. The entire FAST assessment package (i.e., reading, math, behavior, and on-line training) is provided at an annual flat rate of $6 per student.

Testers will require less than 1 hour of training.

Paraprofessionals can administer the test.

Where to Obtain: http://www.fastbridge.org/

Address:

FastBridge Learning
520 Nicollet Mall, Suite 910
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1057

Phone: 612-254-2534

Websitehttp://www.fastbridge.org/

Training materials are included in the cost of the tool.  Additional, optional on-site and webinar-based training services are available for a fee.

Ongoing technical support is available by calling 612-424-3710 or emailing fast1@umn.edu

The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) earlyReading measure is designed to assess both unified and component skills associated with kindergarten and first grade reading achievement. earlyReading is intended to enable screening and progress monitoring across four domains of reading (Concepts of Print, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Decoding) and provide domain specific assessments of these specific component skills and a general estimate of overall reading achievement.

The objective of the Letter Sounds measure is to assess the student’s ability and automaticity with saying the sounds of uppercase and lowercase letters in isolation. Twenty-six letters in the Spanish alphabet were used. “H” was excluded because it is a silent letter in Spanish.

The tool is intended for use in K-1 or with ages 5-7.

Administration is computerized and is 1-2 minutes per student. Scoring is done automatically within the software and does not require any additional time.

Available scores include: raw scores, percentile scores, developmental benchmarks and cut points, subscale/subtest scores, composite scores, and error analysis.

 

 

Classification Accuracy

Classification Accuracy in Predicting Proficiency on Aprenda-3 for Kindergarten

 

15th Percentile

n = 88

40th Percentile

n = 88

False Positive Rate

0.28

0.22

False Negative Rate

0.29

0.23

Sensitivity

0.71

0.77

Specificity

0.72

0.78

Positive Predictive Power

0.32

0.73

Negative Predictive Power

0.93

0.81

Overall Classification Rate

0.72

0.77

AUC (ROC)

0.79

0.84

Base Rate

0.16

0.44

Cut Points:

25

30

At XX% Sensitivity, Specificity equals

n/a

87% sensitivity, 0.67 specificity

At XX% Sensitivity, Specificity equals

79% sensitivity, 0.59 specificity

79% sensitivity, 0.69 specificity

At XX% Sensitivity, Specificity equals

71% sensitivity, 0.72 specificity

72% sensitivity, 0.82 specificity

 

Generalizability

Description of study sample:

·         Number of States: 1

·         Size: 446 students

·         Regions: 1

·         Gender

o   51.5% Male

o   48.9% Female

·         Race/Ethnicity:

o   69.5% White, Non-Hispanic

o   0% American Indian/Alaska Native

o   6.3% Black, Non-Hispanic

o   3.1% Asian, Pacific Islander

o   14.5% Hispanic

o   0% Other

·         Disability status:

o   4.7% Special Education

Reliability

Type of Reliability

Age or Grade

n (range)

Coefficient

SEM

Information (including normative data)/Subjects

range

median

Delayed Test-Retest

K

81

0.24-0.60

0.44

-

Fall-Winter.

Delayed Test-Retest

K

219

0.32-0.54

0.43

-

Fall-Spring.

Coefficient alpha

K

472

-

0.80 for first 7 items

 

0.95 for first 25 items

 

0.98 for first 43 items

-

Data was derived from a random sample of students from the FAST database from the 2012-2013 academic year. Approximately 50.6% of the students were female and 49.4% were male. Approximately 68% of students were White, 17.4% Hispanic, 8.9% Black, 4% Multiracial, and 1.7% Asian.

 

Split-half

K

472

-

0.84 for first 7 items

 

0.96 for first 25 items

 

0.98 for first 43 items

-

Data was derived from a random sample of students from the FAST database from the 2012-2013 academic year. Approximately 50.6% of the students were female and 49.4% were male. Approximately 68% of students were White, 17.4% Hispanic, 8.9% Black, 4% Multiracial, and 1.7% Asian.

 

 

Validity

 

Type of Validity

Age or Grade

 

Test or Criterion

n (range)

Coefficient (if applicable)

 

Information (including normative data)/Subjects

range

Median

Predictive

K

Aprenda Preprimario 2

87

-

0.28

Correlation between Letter Sounds in Fall and the Aprenda-3 in Spring.

Predictive

K

Aprenda Preprimario 2

35

-

0.49

Correlation between Letter Sounds in Winter and the Aprenda-3 in Spring.

Concurrent

K

Aprenda Preprimario 2

87

-

0.68

Data collected in Spring.