Technology-based and research-proven phonics assessment
Science of Reading research proves that mastering phonics skills is critical for students learning to read. Knowing how well students are developing phonics skills gives teachers the insight they need to guide phonics instruction in grades 1–6, and for students who are struggling at any grade level.
Measure understanding of the 12 most critical phonics categories.
Diagnose 102 target skills and intervene knowing exactly where a student is struggling.
Know which patterns to teach individuals, small groups, classes, and grades.
Align results to the scope and sequence of your reading curriculum to gauge progress and needs.
Comprehensive Phonics Assessment
Efficient assessment in minimal time
Number of critical, common phonics categories assessed
Specific phonics skills assessed within those categories
Time per student to administer a comprehensive phonics screener
Phonics assessment insights for growth, learning, and support
Administrators: Monitor instruction and resources
Track progress throughout the school year to evaluate resource allocation and determine where phonics instruction may need emphasis or acceleration.
Teachers: Actionable data for instruction
Plan targeted, appropriate instruction for the whole class, small groups, and individual students to meet the needs of all learners.
Families: Track phonics skill development
Understand the letter sounds and phonics patterns your child knows and is learning to help support their further development and growth.
How it works
How does Star Phonics work?
Assess the phonics skills of all students in grades 1–6, or any student struggling with reading, in just 2–3 minutes each.
Immediate reports show you where to focus instruction by illustrating which phonics categories are secure and which need additional attention.
Use the provided instructional insights to know where to intervene and what to teach at the student, group, class, and grade levels.
Administered in 2-5 minutes per student, quickly and efficiently identify specific phonics skills and letter sounds that require instruction.
Grounded in the Science of Reading, the Star Phonics suite of assessments includes both a screener and diagnostic tests to complement your universal screener, providing the in-depth critical insights into student acquisition of phonics skills.
Screener & Diagnostic
Administer remotely or in-person with no need for manual data entry. Use any combination of two devices: desktop computers, laptops, or tablets. Students can also test on smartphones.
Customizable to any curriculum’s scope and sequence that follows a consistent teaching progression of phonics skills at each grade level.
Screen 12 of the most critical phonics categories, ensuring students can decode the words they encounter when reading.
Measure understanding of key phonics categories
Get specific diagnostic information with error-level insights into which phonics skills need instruction and pinpoint exactly where a student is struggling.
Monitor student progress over time so you can adapt strategies as needs change and students master more phonics patterns.
Research, articles, and more
Recommended research and resources
Phonics assessment based on the Science of Reading
The creator of Star Phonics shares why she developed a technology-based phonics assessment and how it helps educators answer essential questions about reading instruction.
I recommend Star Phonics, which is based on years of research, because it is the best phonics screener and diagnostic assessment available. It provides valuable information about phonics skills essential for instruction, especially for those students struggling to read words, including students with dyslexia.
Dr. Louisa Moats • a leading author of LETRS, consultant, and literacy expert
Star Phonics is built for schools. We are COPPA, FERPA, and CSPC compliant
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records and allows parents and eligible students certain rights related to review, control and privacy of those records.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Rule designed to provide parents control of personal information collected from their young children online.
The California Student Privacy Certification (CSPC) was originally developed to address the concerns of parents, educators and advocates specifically around California student data privacy legislation.
Try Star Phonics for 90 days!
Phonics assessment free trial offer
Explore the only phonics assessment that delivers instructional insights on 12 of the most critical phonics categories and 102 phonics skills with this free trial of Star Phonics. Educators who enroll will have 90-day access to the screening and diagnostic assessments and reports for a classroom of students.
While student data won’t carry over when you upgrade to the full version, you will be able to experience how these brief assessments can help you support students in becoming successful readers.