The Test of Silent Contextual Reading Fluency (TOSCRF) is a quick and accurate method of assessing the silent general reading ability of students ranging in age from 7 years 0 months to 18 years 11 months. It has a Test manual and four equivalent forms (A, B, C, D). The TOSCRF was normed using a national representative sample of 1,898 individuals, residing in 23 states. It yields raw scores, standard scores, percentiles, and age and grade equivalents. Classroom teachers, special education teachers, Reading specialists, school psychologists, speech pathologists, or any other professionals with some training in standardized Test administration can use the TOSCRF.
The TOSCRF is a companion to the Test of Silent Word Reading Fluency (TOSWRF). While the TOSWRF measures a student's ability to recognize individual words accurately and efficiently, the TOSCRF measures a student's essential Contextual Reading abilities (i.e., word identification, word meaning, word building, sentence structure, comprehension, and Fluency).
Using a series of printed passages adapted from those in the Gray Oral Reading Tests ¬ Fourth Edition and the Gray Silent Reading Tests, the TOSCRF can be used to identify both poor and good readers. Students are presented with short passages comprised of rows of contextually related words, ordered by Reading difficulty; all words are printed in uppercase without any spaces or punctuation between the words (e.g., AYELLOWBIRDWITHBLUEWINGS). Students are asked to draw a line between the boundaries of as many recognizable words as possible within 3 minutes (e.g., A/YELLOW/BIRD/WITH/BLUE/WINGS). The passages become gradually more complex in their content, vocabulary, and grammar (embedded phrases, sequenced adjectives, affixes, etc.). To do well on the Test, the student has to read the meaning of the text. The Test can be easily administered to a single student or to an entire classroom of children, thus making it an efficient and cost-effective screening method.
The TOSCRF accurately and reliably identifies students who are struggling with reading. Once students with poor reading skills have been identified, a more detailed diagnostic assessment can help determine the factors contributing to reading difficulties and the goals for intervention. It can also be used to periodically monitor reading progress, especially contextual reading.
Features of the TOSCRF:
- Identifies students struggling with reading, and can be used as a screening method to determine the cause(s) of reading difficulties, remediation for specific needs, and types of intervention required
- It is quick to administer and easy to score
- Converts raw scores to percentiles, standard scores, and age and grade equivalents
- Is both valid and reliable for its stated purposes
- Is appropriate for use with elementary students through high school students
Ages: 7-0 through 18-11
Testing Time: 10 minutes
Administration: Individual or Group
Includes Examiner¹s Manual, 25 Student Record Forms A, 25 Student Record Forms B, 25 Student Record Forms C, and 25 Student Record Forms D, all in a sturdy storage box.