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Literacy Snapshots

Developed to assess literacy skills of children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the Literacy Snapshot system provides sets of standardized, individually administered measures of literacy development. These brief performance measures can be used to monitor individual student progress on a regular basis.The Assessment includes subtests of eleven essential literacy skills and strategies consistent with the Common Core State Standards, Reading Research, the National Reading Panel Report of 2000, and the National Research Council report of 1998.Using the Literacy Snapshots, teachers easily and quickly assess alphabetic knowledge, listening comprehension and vocabulary, phonemic awareness of initial consonants, one-to-one matching, letter sounds, developmental spelling, word recognition, passage reading accuracy and comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and extended written response.

How it works

The Literacy Snapshot automates assessments previously offered only in paper form as the Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy. Teachers administer the assessment at least twice a year, and more often as necessary to chart the adequate yearly progress of individual readers.

Data is collected using forms on each teacher’s web-enabled laptop or handheld device. Electronic score sheets are identical to the forms and materials that may already be in use in your district or school. As the assessment is administered, teachers simply check the appropriate box to indicate the proficiency of the child in each literacy development area.

At the end of the day, assessment data is synchronized with a secure, central, Web-based Literacy Snapshot database established for each student in each class. Teachers use their personal computers review electronic scoresheets for accuracy and to clarify any notes taken during testing.

A wide variety of reports are immediately available for individual students, groups of students, classes, schools, or the entire district.


    • Data collection is fast and accurate.
    • Data is input just once, rather than multiple times using paper forms that must then be re-entered into an electronic database, thus increasing accuracy.
    • Data aggregation is immediate, with reports available as soon as data is collected.
    • The flexible reporting system makes it possible for teachers to pinpoint areas where additional instruction is required for each individual student. They may also identify areas of weakness for an entire class, for all boys, or for any other group.
    • Training is quick and easy. No special technology skills are required.
    • Reports track progress of all students, classes and schools so teachers and administrators can easily identify areas where attention is needed.
    • The cost of the system is low because it uses commercially available handheld devices and computers as well as public domain assessment instruments wherever possible.


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