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Reading Fluency Benchmark Assessor (RFBA)
Reading Fluency Benchmark Assessor (RFBA) measures students' reading fluency three times a year using grade-level passages. A reading fluency score is recognized as a reliable indicator of a student's overall reading achievement.
HOW IT WORKS
The Reading Fluency Benchmark Assessor includes three passages for each grade level, grades 1–8. Each set of grade-level passages has strong validity and reliability. Administer the set of passages in the fall, winter, and spring to determine where students rank relative to national reading fluency norms. Minimum intervals of three months minimize the practice effect.
RFBA can be administered and scored electronically or manually. RFBA software makes it easy to capture students' assessment results by automatically calculating and storing students' scores.
The RFBA software generates reports that help teachers:
- Screen students for reading problems
- Monitor student progress
- Make instructional decisions
- Predict students' likely performance on standardized testing
- Document individual, classroom, and school progress
"[RFBA is] very comparable to the LNF test that comes with DIBELS, but being able to do it on the computer and get the results printed out for you is pretty slick."
"I just set up my school with the RFBA software. I trained our instructional assistants in one hour and sent them out to complete the benchmark assessments of our third to fifth grade classrooms. I could not believe how easy it is to use. All of the teachers and assistants remarked how quick it was to administer. The software is very easy to understand. The teachers were very impressed by the report printouts. They could easily see how each student performed and how they measured up against the national norms. They especially liked how it banded the students and gave specific ideas on how to work with each band. We were doing [Curriculum Based Measurements] on paper and calculating them by hand. This program allows us to complete a student in under five minutes and does all of the calculating for us. Thank you for such a GREAT product!”
"The best aspect of the RFBA is the student passages. They are interesting and appropriate for the various grade levels."
"I'm thrilled to have an assessment that is easy to share with parents and easy for me to use. The kids think the graphs are 'cool,' and take pride in sharing their success with parents and teachers."
"I really appreciate having an assessment tool that helps me monitor my students' progress over the course of the year. My students get excited when I show them their progress on a graph. The visual feedback is very encouraging; they love seeing their growth over the course of the year!"
RFBA includes reproducible masters of three passages at each grade level (1–8), representative of general curriculum. The passages were leveled using Fry, Spache, and Harris-Jacobson readability formulas (grades 1–4) and the Dale-Chall readability formula (grades 5–8). The passages were rigorously field-tested to ensure that all three passages for each grade level are of equal difficulty.
RFBA includes reproducible masters of three sets of randomly ordered letters for assessing letter-naming fluency.
RFBA software saves time by automating the process of capturing assessment results. While listening to a student read a printed passage, the teacher follows along on the computer, clicking missed words and the last word read. The software automatically calculates and stores each student's words-correct-per-minute score.
Reports show progress from fall to winter to spring, and compare the results to national norms, providing a clear picture of students' fluency levels. School-level reports display assessment results that school administrators can use, including fluency composites for each grade, demographics, and students ranked by need. Other reports enable teachers to identify students at risk and to assess whether the student needs an intervention or adjustment to his/her instruction.
All software options include benchmark passages, a software guide, a teacher's guide, and one year of free deluxe technical support.
Stand-alone version of the software for use by one teacher on one computer with record-keeping capabilities for up to 75 students.
Stand-alone School License
Stand-alone version of the software that enables you to store data for a unlimited number of students in a school on any single computer.
Network School License
Network version of the software that enables you to enter and access data for an unlimited number of students in a school from any networked workstation and store this information on a school server.