STAR Early Literacy Skills

Skills for Early Learning

STAR Early Literacy assesses these eight key domains of early literacy and numeracy. 145 skills are grouped into 32 closely-related skill areas.

The domains and skills below are grouped into three major areas that relate to state standards.


Assess early literacy and numeracy skills in eight key domains.

Reading: Foundational Skills

Print Concepts

  • Directionality
  • Letters and Words
  • Word Length
  • Word Borders
  • Visual Discrimination / Alphabetic Principle
  • Alphabetic Sequence
  • Print Features

Phonological Awareness

  • Rhyming and Word Families
  • Blending, Counting, and Segmenting Syllables
  • Blending and Segmenting
  • Distinguishing between Long and Short Vowel Sounds
  • Isolating Initial, Final, and Medial Phonemes
  • Adding/Substituting Phonemes

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Spelling-Sound Correspondences: Consonants
  • Spelling-Sound Correspondences: Vowels
  • Regular and Irregular Spellings / High-Frequency Words
  • Inflectional Endings / Affixes
  • Syllables


  • Purpose of Reading / Reading with Comprehension
  • Repair Strategies
  • Reading Rate WCPM
  • Prosody


Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

  • Word Relationships
  • Structural Analysis
  • Antonyms
  • Multiple-Meaning Words
  • Synonyms

Numbers and Operations

Counting and Cardinality

  • Number Naming and Number Identification
  • Number Object Correspondence
  • Sequence Completion

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Composing and Decomposing

Measurement and Data

  • Measurement
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