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The Basic Phonic Skills Test (BPST) is a Universal Screening Tool used to assess and track a student's knowledge of letters, letter sounds, and phonic patterns. The BPST is an especially useful screening tool conducted to identify or predict students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes. 


Universal screening assessments are typically brief, conducted with all students at a grade level, and followed by additional testing or short-term progress monitoring to corroborate students' risk status.


The BPST III was created by John Shefelbine at California State University, Sacramento, fall 2006. I have adapted the form to include space to write in five different assessment results. I like to give the BPST at the beginning of the year (BOY) to get a sense of where they are in their reading skills. I then repeat it at the end of each quarter as a running record, and for report card data. The last test is done at the end of the year (EOY) for the final report card and can be used as documentation in the Response to Intervention (RTI) process.


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