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The York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension: Early Reading and Passage Reading Primary (YARC Primary) enables teachers, SENCOs and learning support teachers to assess their pupils’ reading from the foundations of phonics to continuous prose reading achieved at the end of primary. It is ideal for following up at an individual level after group testing and, although the two tests take only about 20 minutes, a remarkable amount of invaluable diagnostic information can be gathered, covering a wide range of reading skills.
YARC Primary can also be used for assessing for Access Arrangements at Key Stage 2, providing two key measures for this purpose – reading accuracy and reading rate. The fully standardised assessment is split into two tests; early reading and passage reading, which can be purchased individually or as part of the Complete Set.
The Early Reading suite comprises four short tests specifically designed for 4 to 7 year-olds or older children with reading difficulties. The tests include:
These tests assess a child’s phonological skills, alphabetic knowledge and word reading in a time-efficient and flexible way. They are among the most sensitive type of assessments for beginner readers and may be administered as a set or in different combinations up to three times during a school year, or at key points during a period of learning or intervention.
Comprising both fiction and non-fiction texts, the passage reading test has been developed to assess the accuracy, rate and comprehension of oral reading skills in children between 5 to 11 years 11 months. A version of GL Assessment’s Single Word Reading Test (SWRT) is also included and can be administered in just a couple of minutes to determine which passages to give to an individual pupil.
The test assesses a pupil’s decoding and sight reading ability, their reading fluency and how well they understand what they have read. The questions that are linked to each passage demand the use of deduction and inference (cohesive device, knowledge-based and elaborative) to arrive at the answers, giving teachers essential information about their pupils’ skills beyond that of straightforward retrieval of information.
YARC Primary comes with a free online Score Conversion Tool that allows teachers and practitioners to input pupil details and raw scores and instantly receive a single page report with standard scores and percentile ranks for each part of YARC Primary that has been administered. Find more information and access the YARC Score Conversion Tool.
Early Reading Set contains:
Passage Reading Set contains:
These are also contained in the YARC Primary Complete Set.