About Reading Progress Indicator (RPI)

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Overview

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI) provides reading assessments within MySciLEARN, and reports the test results in the Results pages. The RPI assessments correlate to nationally recognized normed assessments, are reliable and validated, and provide overall reading scores that can help indicate how students are responding to Fast ForWord product use. For more information on Reading Progress Indicator and how the scores are calculated and used, see Reading Progress Indicator FAQ.

Reading Progress Indicator provides four assessment levels based on the grade entered for the student: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, and 7-13+ (pre-Kindergarten students are not eligible for the assessments). The assessments are not timed. The student may complete an assessment across work sessions and days, but should complete it in a timely manner. The products remain unavailable until the student completes the assessment.

Tip: If your students are using iPad, install the Reading Progress Indicator mobile app to let your students take RPI assessments on iPad. See Set up mobile apps.

Reading Progress Indicator presents assessments automatically. You can supplement these assessments with Manual RPI tests, if needed. To learn more see the rest of this topic.

About Auto RPI

Reading Progress Indicator presents assessments automatically, based on program usage (see How RPI administers assessments). During each student work session, RPI determines if the student is eligible for an assessment. If so, the RPI graphic appears on the Student Exercises screen in place of the assigned product graphic, prompting the student to take the assessment. To learn more see Take RPI assessments. When complete, the assessment results are immediately available on the Gains reports, in the Auto RPI Assessments view. See Results reports.

You can manually assign an RPI test to supplement the automatic assessments, if this feature is enabled at your school. See About Manual RPI to learn more.

How RPI administers assessments

Reading Progress Indicator is designed to automatically assess Fast ForWord students before and after Fast ForWord program use. It’s also used to help choose an appropriate starting point for Reading Assistant students. Here’s an example of how it works:

  • Students receive their initial assessment upon enrollment in MySciLEARN.
  • As students progress through the Fast ForWord programs, they receive a follow-up assessment after completing each Fast ForWord program (that is, after earning a Switch or Complete status in that program). For example, students will receive a follow-up assessment after completing Foundations I, then after completing Foundations II, and so on. Students have up to two months to complete a given follow-up assessment.

About Manual RPI

As described in How RPI administers assessments, Reading Progress Indicator automatically presents assessments based on program usage. This is the best way to use RPI. However, you can choose to administer a Manual RPI test to supplement the Auto RPI tests as needed—for example, at the end of a school year, if your Fast ForWord students have not received an RPI test for their current program, or after a group of Reading Assistant or Reading Assistant Plus students have completed their assigned libraries.

By default, instructors are not allowed to access the Manual RPI feature—a district manager or school manager needs to turn it on at the school level (see Set RPI school defaults for steps). Once enabled, instructors can choose to assign Manual RPI assessments to any student who is currently using RPI. To learn how see Assign Manual RPI tests.

When assigned, the Manual RPI test is presented to the student on the next work session, as usual: the RPI graphic appears on the Student Exercises screen in place of the assigned product graphic, prompting the student to take the assessment. To learn more see Take RPI assessments. The results are immediately available on the Gains reports in the All RPI Assessments view. See Results reports.

To get the most out of Reading Progress Indicator, you’ll want to be thoughtful about assigning Manual RPI assessments. Here are a few general rules.

  • RPI assessments should not be administered more than three to four times per year. This includes both Auto RPI and Manual RPI assessments.
  • Manual RPI assessments, if administered mid-Fast ForWord product or mid-Reading Assistant/Reading Assistant Plus library, may not capture the full benefit of the program.

Use the following table for further guidance. To learn more about what RPI does, see Reading Progress Indicator FAQ.

What RPI does best

What RPI does NOT do

RPI provides a general measure of early reading skills: phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension

RPI does not provide a comprehensive measure of Common Core or any other curricular standard, and should not replace any other clinical, district, or state assessment

RPI serves as an outcomes measure suitable for infrequent administration, such as after completing a Fast ForWord product

RPI should not be used as a progress monitoring tool for frequent Response to Intervention (RTI) decisions, or as a diagnostic tool for specific language or reading disabilities

RPI is sensitive enough to usually shows gains made after completing a Fast ForWord product

RPI may not be sensitive enough to detect gains mid-Fast ForWord product

RPI provides a fixed test, with two forms available at four levels

RPI does not provide an adaptive test