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Diagnostic Assessments of Reading (DAR),

Second Edition






ReadingLevels: Prereadingthroughhighschool
Administration Untimed;about40minutes

Florence G. Roswell, Jeanne S. Chall, Mary E. Curtis, and Gail FundingSources:


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General Information
Use theDiagnostic Assessments of Reading DAR) to identify areas in which struggling readers
need help. DAR tests nine key components of reading and language:
DAR, forms A and B, consists of these nine tests of components of reading and language:

Print awareness

Phonological awareness

Letters and sounds

Word recognition

Word analysis

Oral reading accuracy and fluency

Silent reading comprehension


Word meaning

The teacher/test administrator simultaneously administers and scores DAR tests, marking
students' responses as correct, incorrect, or omitted. A mastery criterion has been set for each
test, and the student continues with each test until a highest mastery level has been

DAR ScoringPro
DAR ScoringPro allows for the aggregation and disaggregation of student scores collected from
the DAR Interpretive Profile. Reports available include an Individual Report/Profile and a Class
List Report.
How you can use DAR to assess student performance in nine key areas of student
learning in reading and language arts.
Print Awareness

Evaluate whether a student understands basic concepts involved in using the printed

Phonological Awareness
Assess phonological awareness with tasks involving:

Rhyming words

Segmenting words into syllables

Hearing initial and final consonant sounds

Auditory blending

Letters and Sounds

Evaluate specific early decoding skills, including:

Identifying capital and lowercase letters

Matching letters and matching words

Writing words using basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondence

Word Recognition

Listen to a student read graded word lists that gradually increase in difficulty

Determine word-reading levels

Word Analysis
Evaluate key decoding and structural analysis skills, including:

Consonant sounds and blends

Short vowel sounds

Rule of silent e

Vowel digraphs and diphthongs

Vowels with r

Two-syllable and polysyllabic words

Oral Reading Accuracy and Fluency

Listen to a student read aloud

Identify specific decoding errors

Evaluate level of fluency

Silent Reading Comprehension

Observe a student reading independently

Review a student's answers to comprehension questions

Evaluate a student's oral retelling of a text read silently

Determine comprehension strengths and key areas for improvement


Dictate spelling words using a familiar classroom format

Assess a student's spelling skills and knowledge of letter-sound correspondence

Word Meaning

Learn about a student's knowledge of word meanings

Review the results to estimate a student's language abilities