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New Update 1 Third Edition
for use during the next decade or more (2012 onwards).
These group based tests are easy to
administer and provide very detailed diagnostic information beyond a student's
reading and spelling age. Teachers will quickly obtain a valuable snapshot of
all students in a class/school, as well as critical diagnosis for special cases.
The reading tests have a combination of letter, word, rhyme, phonic, picture to word and picture to text recognition. All tests embody scope and sequence of learning to read / spell skills, which is why they are widely used in Australia, particularly by staff faced with difficult student cases. Chapters explain links to teaching and learning theory and practice in a very logical down-to-earth manner. Norms are based on over 30,000 combined student testings across Australian states, according to a carefully balanced skill sample, after review and approval by all Australian state Departments of Education. Calculate chronological ages automatically, record results and analyse student performance with School Data Express which is now supplied free of charge on the disk.
This third edition update is supplied in ebook form. Therefore all reproductions
produced under Educational Statutory Licence from this ebook will be first
generation, pure print copies. You will also have the option of printing pages
in colour where provided. This third edition update now contains advanced reading tests
and advanced spelling test subsections that will take your reading and spelling
ages beyond 11 years of age, through to teenage/adult level. There are
two of each test, in parallel form, so that student custom and/or fatigue is
Now with Support Materials Update 1 - New Alphabet Cards!
This 2017 update includes the new Waddington second edition alphabet cards - all new stunningly beautiful alphabet clues in full photographic colour and line art versions in addition to the classic materials. You will also find our new updated Sounds ready reckoner chart as well as the alphabet ready reckoner for student desks and playing Alphabet Bingo. This new update also provides the link to additional free resources in the Waddington eLibrary as well as an additional professional learning update certificate. The new student alphabet cards provided in this update match the same picture clues presented in our new full colour hard copy early learning student Word Books.
Once administered, the tests will not leave you simply with derived reading and
spelling ages for students. The publication also provides detailed support and pointers to
extra resources which will extend or remediate students. We won't leave you in
the lurch. In most cases, we supply the precise back-up resources that will work
within a classroom environment to directly assist students in an integrated
environment. Chapter 5 provides further assessment and diagnostic procedures.
Chapter 6 provides several case examples. Chapter 7 of the publication provides
very interesting trends from the sampling, comparing results over 3 decades from
1988 and 1999 to 2011.
The introduction to the publication points out that the tests and accompanying diagnostic procedures and referrals to other resources have been constructed for the following purpose: "To assist with the identification, diagnosis and intervention for students with learning difficulties or advanced skills, by bridging the gap between those teachers who rely mainly upon observation and personal judgement in assessing a student’s performance and those who naively accept the limited information of derived scores provided by tests as being the major indicator of a student or school’s performance."
As already mentioned, this ebook is easy to read and the tests are easy to administer. The ebook provides clear guidance with back-up case examples and hands-on materials. It is written by a classroom teacher of over 30 years teaching experience and twice over Advanced Skills Teacher, who is also married to a current state school junior primary trained teacher/librarian with the same years of in-school teaching experience and more Advanced Skills Teacher qualifications, thus reflecting realistic coalface issues from the ground up. Easy readme instructions on disk for also installing on mobile touch screen devices such as iPads.
Lower Cost Individual Teacher Registration or
Whole School / Site Registration?
We have kept a single teacher price low (CODE RSTT $89.95+$9.00GST) for use by that teacher in his/her classroom, with his/her own students. For situations where the tests will be used across a school, by more than the one teacher user, a school / site price (CODE RSTS $149.95+$15.00GST) accounts for situations where schools may place the ebook on a central server and allow staff in the school to access it. Therefore, if you buy the individual/single Teacher Registration, it means only you (the person whose name is digitally stamped within the ebook) can use the tests with your students and it can be taken with you if you change schools (which would leave the school without the tests) or if you need to use the tests/document outside of the school. However, if your school (single school site or campus) buys school registration, it means anyone in the same school/site/campus can access the tests, including new teachers who come and go, whilst they are in the school/site/campus. Of course, large schools with multi-campuses need to buy school registration for each campus given campuses are either satellite schools or they are spread over more than one site, usually containing their own number of classes. Please decide carefully according to the intended use. Some schools buy both forms of registration so that their Principal/key literacy person maintains a personal teacher registration when they change schools or use the document outside of the school. However, if individual/single teacher registration is ordered with other ebooks, without further instructions, it will be deemed all ebooks purchased are to be registered/stamped to the individual teacher. If whole school registration is ordered with other ebooks, without further instructions, it will be deemed all ebooks purchased are to be registered/stamped with the school name.
The ebook can be supplied on disk (with other ebook and software
free gifts, including School Data Express) or as a download, with the unlock
code to School Data Express.
Reproductions are permissible under Educational Statutory Licence. If you're using
our old book, you now need to replace it with this 3rd Edition. Free e-resources
only available if your ebook is purchased directly from us.
Click Teaching Resources to instantly order.
Still unsure about which form of
registration you need?
If you buy the Teacher Registration, it means only you (or the named teacher) can use the tests with your students and that person can take the ebook with them if they change schools (which would leave the school without the tests). However, if your school buys school registration, it means anyone in the same school can access the tests, including new teachers who come and go, whilst they are in the school (where reproductions are performed under Statutory Licence).
The document files are exactly the same, it is how they are digitally stamped that defines their individual teacher or school registration. Our ebooks are digitally ‘stamped’ permanently at the top of every page, in small 8pt blue type, with the teacher’s name (first initial, surname, town/city/suburb and state) or school name (site name, town/city/suburb and state).
Some schools buy both forms of registration - a registered file for the school to ensure general access to all personnel throughout the school and a file registered for a key person who may need to use the tests in situations outside of the school or who has a brief whereby they work across multiple sites.
Still unsure about
updating? - Here are the main points:
- The new Third Edition Update includes the new Waddington second edition alphabet cards containing all new colour and line art picture clues, as well as the new Sounds and alphabet ready-reckoner. It also maintains the classic versions.
- The Third Edition school registration publication is supplied as an eBook so now a school site can place the file on a central server and allow all in the school access to it – reproductions permitted under general Educational Statutory Licence. It’s high resolution press quality for presentations on large Smartboard type screen devices but easy instructions also given for use on mobile iPad devices. Therefore your printouts will be high quality, first generation prints. Essentially it is a secure PDF. For copyright and security purposes, the file is stamped with a school’s name (for school registration – school’s name, suburb/town and state) or an individual’s name (First initial, surname, suburb/town and state) in small 8pt blue type at the very top of each page.
- The Third Edition contains Advanced Reading Tests and Advanced Spelling Test components. Therefore, the Third Edition will extend your reading and spelling ages beyond 11 years of age.
- The illustrations are all digitally redrawn and modernised. Colour is used in this Third Edition.
- Newly added case examples with a teenage focus.
- Footnotes to recent research which covers current educational directions for reading and spelling.
- Test structural references to National Australian English Curriculum.
- The norms are all updated. We do not recommend the use of past editions with students once our norms are updated. If you intend testing students for the purpose of collecting derived scores (reading and spelling ages) and possibly comparing student scores against future scores or scores obtained by others, then you must use the latest Edition.
- Trials for the Third Edition were reviewed and approved by every Australian State Department of Education.
- We won't be bringing out a fourth edition for at least another decade so you will have plenty of time to get the most out of your once off payment and time unlimited use.
- Still unsure? I'll be happy to take your call direct - speak with the author, Neil Waddington (08) 85368000.
Which Reading Test
Should I Administer to Students?
Students who are aged 12 and under should be given the Standard Reading Test first by default. As per the administrative instructions (page 24), students who score 5 or less errors on the Standard Reading Test can be given the Advanced Reading Test. Students aged over 12 years undertaking the Advanced Reading Test first who score 5 or less should be given the Standard Reading Test. Users of the test should check the Standard Error of Measurement of each test before establishing a student's derived Reading Age score.
UPDATE INFORMATION (versions supplied after dates shown have the updates actioned):
1 January 2017 Third Edition Update 1 is current edition.
Late 2016 - 2017 Third Edition Update 1 Pre-release - includes the new Waddington second edition alphabet cards containing all new colour and line art picture clues, as well as the new Sounds and alphabet ready-reckoner. It also maintains the classic versions and 2012 norm-referenced standards.
14 March 2013 - Corrected Contents page numbers for pages 114 onwards.
1 Dec 2012 - Minor corrections to error of measurement descriptions on norm-referenced table pages - does not affect the error of measurement or any data presented previously.
4 June 2012 - 231 classes administered the tests (not 241), Chapter 7 p100, Overall, the sample had to represent a combined skill level as close to zero as possible (where zero represents a perfect academic skill balance). The final sample group skill scores were .520 for reading, -.496 for spelling, making a total skill average of .024.
19 January 2012 - Minor alteration to caption below picture - I Can Play Football ebook is Level 1 Set 1 Book 6.
6 January 2012 - Minor update p102 Overall Average Chronological Ages (CAs) table should be dated 1999 not repeated as 2011.
13 December 2011 - Updated p118 Glossary Chronological Age (CA) calculations to reflect typical ages for young students in 2012.
30 November 2011 - MINOR p107 CORRECTION affecting a limited number of initial pre-release ebooks supplied/dated prior to Dec 1 2011. Page 107 presented a slight error in the 2011 graph line for spelling results which did not match the correct statement in the write up on page 106 which states all students were showing a marked improvement in spelling skills past 9 years of age compared to students of one and two decades ago. The blue 2011 graph line should start moving left away from the 1999 line at 8-7, cross 9-2 at score 60 and finish at 10-2 for score 70.
Anyone with a registered file dated prior to an update wishing to obtain corrections can contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org ..