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Letter/Sound (Alphabet) Recognition

By: Reading Rockets
An informal assessment of letter/sound recognition, including what the assessment measures, when is should be assessed, examples of questions, and the age or grade at which the assessment should be mastered.

All assessments should be given one-on-one.

What it measures

The student's ability to recognize letters and sounds

When should the child be assessed?

Assess letter/sound recognition three times during kindergarten, at the start of school, at mid-year, and at the end of the year.

Examples of assessment questions

Show student one letter at a time and ask:

  • Can you tell me what letter this is? (Record the student's response)
  • Can you tell me what sound it makes? (Record the student's response)

Age or grade typically mastered

Many students enter kindergarten with the ability to recognize letters. Fewer students recognize the letter sounds. Both are taught in kindergarten.

Reading Rockets (2004)

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