earlyReading English - Sight Word Reading-50 (SW-50)
The earlyReading English - Sight Words-50 subtest assesses a student's ability to recognize up to 50 of the most frequent English words. The earlyReading English - Sight Words-50 subtest is distinct from the earlyReading English - Decodable Words subtest because many high-frequency words are not decodable, and students must recognize them with automaticity rather than by using decoding strategies.
The primary source that was used to develop this list of sight words comes from the work of Zeno et al. (1995). earlyReading English - Sight Words-50 is part of the Composite in the spring of kindergarten, and it can also be used for progress monitoring. FastBridge also offers another version of this subtest for grade 1 students which includes the first 150 most frequent words from the Zeno et al. (1995) list. Before administering the earlyReading English - Sight Words-50 subtest, be sure to download and print the student forms from the Training & Resources tab in the FastBridge system.
Select the Downloads tile under the Training & Resources tab.
Then, select earlyReading English.
Finally, click on the PDF icon under the SW(50) column, in the Administrator row.
Here is a sample student form:
To administer this assessment for purposes of universal screening:
- Log in to the FastBridge system as a teacher.
- Go to the Screening tab.
- Select the earlyReading assessment.
- Select the SW-50 column from the earlyReading English Screening page.
To administer this assessment for purposes of progress monitoring:
- Log into the FastBridge system as a teacher or a specialist.
- Go to the Progress Monitoring tab.
- Use the filters to find the correct group of students.
- Select Start for the desired student and choose a Form.
Here is what the teacher sees when administering the earlyReading English - Sight Words-50 subtest.
For more information about the earlyReading English -- Sight Words-50 subtest, FastBridge users can complete the earlyReading English - Sight Words-50 certification course found in the Training & Resources section of the FastBridge system. To do so, navigate to the Training & Resources tab, and click on the earlyReading English course tile.
Then, select the Sight Words-50 option on the vertical menu. Complete Lessons 1 through 8 in order to certify in the earlyReading English - Sight Words-50 subtest.
Zeno, S. M., Ivens, S. H., Millard, R. T., & Duvvuri, R. (1995). The educator’s word frequency guide (CD-Rom). New York: Touchstone Applied Science Associates.