TEST2r is used to assess the emergent literacy skills which 5 and 6 year old children should have acquired within the first three years of elementary education.
It is an objective measure of a child’s performance based on all of the theories of why children fail to learn.
TEST2r provides an individual report on each child and pointers to interventions and resources. Divided into two parts, the first part consists of a rapid screener, which is made up of five tasks for use by the classroom teacher. If a child does not perform well in a particular task, then the Learning Support Teacher will administer the second part, i.e. the remainder of the tasks which are more diagnostic in nature in order to clarify any literacy sub-skill needs. The Learning Support Teacher will decide on appropriate interventions to develop these skills.
TEST2r makes assessment an integral part of teaching and learning and is in line with Irish Department of Education and Skills (DES) policy as set out in The National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy Among Children and Young People in 2011–2020.
TEST2r was created and developed in Ireland by Dr. Pauline Cogan. Over 400 teachers throughout Ireland voluntarily gave a great deal of time to administering the research instruments over a period of 13 years on approximately 1300 children. By such active participation in their own professional development they have ensured the authenticity of the research and have exemplified the best standards of professionalism. This extensive collaboration ensures that TEST2r will be well received by all educationalists.