The Trinity Early Screening Test for Reading and Writing (TEST2r) is a tool to assist teachers in the classroom to devise plans which meet the learning needs of each pupil. Administered to 5 and 6-year-old children, it is suitable for use by both classroom and Learning Support teachers.
The test is based on solid research (Cogan 2012; Cogan & McAnaney, 2012) and sound theoretical principles of early reading acquisition and reading failure. It enables the teacher to comply with DES policy on assessment and learning (DES, 2011) and helps the teacher build up a profile of each child in their care
TEST2r is divided into two parts:
The first part constitutes a rapid screener test, made up of five subtests (tasks). These are administered to all the children in a class as a means of formative assessment (Assessment for Learning – AfL). In this way, it helps the teacher to identify the learning needs of each child.
If a child does not perform well in a particular subtest (or subtests), then the Learning Support Teacher will administer Part 2, These subtests are more diagnostic in nature, in order to clarify specific literacy subskill needs. Based on these results a Learning Support Teacher will decide on appropriate interventions. The interventions may be drawn from the teacher’s own resources or from resources and links below.
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After testing, task results are entered on www.test2r.ie to generate a written report for each child tested.
Resources from PDST (Professional Development Service for Teachers )
Resources from NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service)
Resources from SESS Special Education Support Service)