Timothy Runge, assistant professor in the Educational and School Psychology Department, had an article titled "Reliability and Validity of Phonemic Awareness Screeners in First Grade" published in the Fall 2012 issue of Pennsylvania Educational Leadership.
This article reviewed the psychometric properties of three measures of early literacy skills adapted from previous research. These measures, which are free and available on Dr. Runge's website, were found to have sufficient internal consistency and inter-rater reliability for use as screeners and progress monitoring tools. Predictive validity with measures of reading fluency and comprehension three years later were comparable to nationally-normed, commercially available products. This research continues to lay the psychometric foundation for group-administered, easy-to-administer, visually appealing instruments that measure critical pre-literacy skills.