Sparkle Kit

What is the SPARKLE Kit?

The SPARKLE Kit is a testing series that has been created for teachers to evaluate and monitor the reading skills of their students. Designed to be used alongside the Decodable Readers Australia – Series 1 books, the SPARKLE Kit contains 16 decodable readers, sequenced systematically into 8 Levels. These readers have an accompanying student recording form for teachers to collate data on individual reading proficiency.

Why was the SPARKLE Kit created?

Learning to read is a complex process. Consequently, teachers need to be adequately equipped with sophisticated tools that allow them to accurately and efficiently ascertain each individual student’s developmental reading progression.

The SPARKLE Kit is the most comprehensive reading assessment tool currently available in Australia that provides teachers with materials to evaluate the explicit teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics. When students are taught to read using a systematic introduction of the English code they consequently need to be assessed in the same way. This is the first opportunity teachers have had to evaluate the reading skills of their students using an assessment tool that aligns with a structured literacy approach.

What’s in the SPARKLE Kit?

The SPARKLE Kit includes a screener at each level to evaluate individual students’ phonic knowledge and blending skills.

Each Screener assesses:

  • The students‘s knowledge of the grapheme/phoneme correspondences of the new sounds introduced within the level.
  • The student’s ability to blend these sounds to read whole words that are comprised of various spelling patterns.
  • The student’s ability to read the sight words that are used within the levelled texts.

The SPARKLE Kit consists of 16 original books that assess a student’s decoding skills, text comprehension and reading rate.

The two texts, within each level, are comparative in the following way.

  • The number of words in the text.
  • The composition of the words in the text.
    For example – words that include new sounds, various spelling patterns and multisyllabic words.
  • The number and detailing of illustrations.
  • The depth of the theme.

The student texts in each level of the SPARKLE Kit follow the identical sound sequence as in the Decodable Readers Australia – Series 1 books.

  • Measure the essential components of learning to read – phonics knowledge, decoding skills, text comprehension and fluency
  • 8 evaluation levels that follow the identical sound sequence as in the Decodable Readers Australia – Series 1 books
  • 16 original books that assess a student’s decoding skills, text comprehension and reading rate
  • Recording form templates are provided at each level to enable the collection of specific data regarding the student’s decoding, comprehension and fluency skills
  • SPARKLE Kit assists in informed future instructional planning and the formulation of intervention strategies

Learning to read is a complex process. The SPARKLE Kit equips teachers with sophisticated tools to accurately and efficiently assess individual student’s developmental reading progression.

The SPARKLE Kit is the most comprehensive reading assessment tool currently available in Australia and provides teachers with materials to evaluate the explicit teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics.