Pearson Education announced the addition of a complete suite of diagnostic assessments to its PASeries Reading product. Part of the company’s PASeries formative assessment line, PASeries Reading is designed to measure reading progress throughout the school year and to forecast growth for students in grades 3-8. The enhancement will allow teachers to identify student reading strengths and areas for improvement. PASeries Reading uses the industry-standard scientific Lexile Framework for Reading. The product now includes progress and diagnostic tests and focuses on overall ability as well as specific skills in reading. Reading diagnostic tests will cover comprehension, literary analysis and vocabulary, or—for lower grades—vocabulary and phonics. The new diagnostic assessments will be provided to current PASeries Reading customers at no additional charge beginning in August. PASeries is distributed to states and districts by Pearson Educational Measurement and Pearson Assessments.

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