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The SPaRCS is the new UK and Irish normed standardised group test of Spelling, Processing speed and Reading Comprehension Speed. Perfect for teachers struggling to find suitable, time-saving and up to date tests for students to complete. Highly suitable for access arrangement applications (reader, scribe and extra time) and an excellent tool for year group screening in order to identify students that may need additional support and intervention.

Age: 13:0 - 18:11 year olds

Administration Time: approx. 40 minutes for entire test (subtest can be given individually)

Mode: Pen and Paper

Authors: Dr. Kate James; Rebecca Good and Trevor James

Restriction level: Low

Suitable for: Teachers, SENCo's, psychologists

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Description

The SPaRCS was created in order to provide teachers with an up to date, accurate, useful and time-saving assessment tool that can be used to quickly identify students that are in need of additional support and intervention and identify those that may qualify for access arrangements in their examinations. The SPaRCS can be used in a group setting (e.g. whole class screening) to assess those core academic and thinking skills that students need in order to perform effectively in school and exams – Spelling, Processing Speed, and Reading Comprehension Speed (SPaRCS).   The test has been normed with a UK and Irish population and demonstrates excellent reliability.

The main benefits of the SPaRCS are:

  • Speedy (administered comfortably in one 40 minute class period!)
  • Produces reliable standard scores
  • Access Arrangements – apply for 25% extra time, reader, and scribe in the UK
  • Reliable –
  • Cost effective – Very affordable
  • Selective – can identify students in need of intervention that may otherwise fly under the radar

What’s Included in the SPaRCS complete kit?

  • 1 x SPaRCS manual
  • 1 x 25 pack SPaRCS student response booklets

Watch this short YouTube video on the SPaRCS test:

 

Subtest Overview

Spelling:

  • Single word spelling test.
  • Administration time = 10- 15 minutes approx.
  • Description: Examiner orally presents up to 40 single words. Students write the spellings of each. No time limit.

Processing Speed:

  • Letter & digit matching task.
  • Administration time = 2 minutes.
  • Description: Strict time limit applied. Student works at speed through a basic matching and copying task with alphabet letters and numbers. Accurate timing essential.

Reading Comprehension Speed:

  • Short passage reading and cloze test.
  • Administration time = 10 minutes.
  • Description: Strict time limit applied. Student works at speed reading through a series of short passages with some words missing. The student must read for meaning (comprehension) and circle the correct missing words from a list of 4-5 words supplied with each passage. Accurate timing essential.

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Click to read SPaRCS Case Study Boys Boarding School in Kent, England

Click to read Strathearn School SPaRCS Case Study

 

SPaRCS Subtests Overview

Spelling:

  • Single word spelling test.
  • Administration time = 10- 15 minutes approx.
  • Description: Examiner orally presents up to 40 single words. Students write the spellings of each. No time limit.

Processing Speed:

  • Letter & digit matching task.
  • Administration time = 2 minutes.
  • Description: Strict time limit applied. Student works at speed through a basic matching and copying task with alphabet letters and numbers. Accurate timing essential.

Reading Comprehension Speed:

  • Short passage reading and cloze test.
  • Administration time = 10 minutes.
  • Description: Strict time limit applied. Student works at speed reading through a series of short passages with some words missing. The student must Suitable for meaning (comprehension) and circle the correct missing words from a list of 4-5 words supplied with each passage. Accurate timing essential.

Standardisation, Reliability, Validity

Testing to establish norms was carried out in schools in the UK (Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland during 2016. Participants were 2332 students aged 13:0 to 18:11 years. There were no exclusionary criteria and even those who were not fully fluent in English took part in the testing. The sample did not include any special schools but pupils in special classes were included. The ratio of boys to girls was approximately equal.

Validity

The SPaRCS has excellent validity as an assessment tool. This suggests that the SPaRCS correctly measures the constructs it was designed to measure. Validity measures utilised for the SPaRCS included content, construct, and criterion. With respect to the latter, very high correlations were reported between the SPaRCS spelling test and three other commonly used tests (WIAT-II UK = .92; WRAT4 = .90; Diagnostic Spelling Test = .88).

Reliability

Test-retest and internal consistency reliabilities were utilised. Spelling: = .89; Reading Comprehension Speed:  = .90; Processing Speed: = 0.84

Inter-Rater Agreement

Spelling: 94 spelling tests were marked by two people independently. An agreement rate of over 99.5% was found. (Scoring of the Reading Comprehension Speed test and the Processing Speed test is fully objective and there should be little possibility of differences in interpretation between different examiners).

Shipping Times to Ireland / Northern Ireland

1-2 working days Shipping & Handling costs Ireland: €22.50 / £22.50

Shipping times to mainland UK

3-5 working days Shipping & Handling costs mainland UK: £25

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