"WRaPS" assesses children's developing word recognition and phonic skills. It helps in locating any problems in the initial stages of the learning-to-read process. It provides: a standardized score and word recognition for each child; a reliable diagnostic profile of strengths and weaknesses in phonic skills; a measure of each child's knowledge of high frequency words taught through the National Literacy Strategy; and practical suggestions for appropriate teaching follow-up and activities to improve word recognition and strengthen basic phonic skills. "WRaPS2" has been extensively refined in the light of ongoing research and is now available in parallel forms A and B. Fully restandardized, the coverage of the test has been extended to map fully to the Literacy Strategy Progression in Phonics "steps", making it suitable for use with pupils aged 4:6 to 9:0 years. The practical suggestions for teaching follow-up have also been expanded. "WRaPS2" is easily administered to a full class in a single period and is quickly scored using the scoring keys - which now also provide a sharper diagnostic analysis.
The test format ensures that almost all children can identify some features of spoken words in printed form and can complete the test without experiencing failure. Using the parallel forms, "WRaPS2" can be repeated at intervals to assess progress from Reception to Year 4 and in working with older pupils with reading difficulties. This re-standardized new edition matches exactly to the National Literacy Strategy; provides a second parallel test form that enables "before" and "after" assessment; and extends the upper range of the test.
David Moseley is Reader in Applied Psychology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a specialist in phonics and early reading. Word Recognition & Phonic Skills (WRaPS) Test, second edition -- related titles: 0 340 85919 9 WRaPS Form A PK10 GBP7.99 0 340 85920 2 WRaPS Form B PK10 GBP7.99 0 340 85921 0 WRaPS Manual GBP15.99 0 340 85922 9 WRaPS Diagnostic Scoring Keys GBP12.99+VAT