Here are a few tools to use when assessing students at the beginning of the year:
The Basic Phonics Skills Test (BPST)
This is helpful in identifying specific areas of phonics need (short vowels, long vowels, digraphs, etc.)
San Diego Quick Assessment
It’s also important to know students’ knowledge of sight words which is an almost completely separate skill from decoding and an almost equal predictor of reading success.
Test of phoneme segmentation
provides several free fluency passages as well as comprehension assessments
What pre-assessments do you use?