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Take the guess work out of reading accomodations

uPAR helps your team make the right reading accommodation decisions so your students learn and perform their best. uPAR is the smarter, faster, data-driven way to assess students for reading accommodations.

Why PAR? Smarter, Faster Decision-Making

Relying on subjective judgement, teachers are no better than chance at determining whether a student needs a read aloud accommodation (Fuchs & Fuchs, 2001; Helwig & Tindal, 2003). What happens when students get the wrong accommodations. 

  • They don’t perform as well as they should
  • They don’t use their accommodations because they have the wrong ones
  • Teachers and parents don’t agree about which accommodation the student needs

uPAR turns this subjective decision-making into a data-driven diagnostic process that anyone on the IEP team can implement.

Benefits of uPAR

Reduce Backlogs and Wait Times: If reading accommodation testing can take a year or longer, not only is that valuable teaching ground lost, but significant backlogs can often create a chill for requesting new assessments or reassessments. uPAR is easy to access and implement efficiently across IEP teams with no staff training necessary. Group assessments mean quicker and richer assessments that can really make a dent in your wait times. You can also reassess students for whom an accommodation has been implemented to track on-going progress.

Appropriate Accommodations: Never before has there been an easy, systematic way to compare human reader accommodations vs. electronic text readers vs. no accommodation. Often assessors – teachers, consultants, psychologists etc. – have to guess which option is most appropriate. uPAR generates actionable data, clearly documented in a way that is understandable by all in the education community, ensuring the right accommodation recommendation is made and increasing acceptance.

Adaptable Accommodations: With easily accessible assessment tools of uPAR (Windows, iPad, Chromebooks) IEP teams can reassess students, ensuring that accommodation choices are adapted as students’ needs change.

System-Wide Decisions: For many districts, accommodation tools have accumulated and are deployed right across the district in significant numbers. uPAR allows administrators to get a big picture of what accommodation is working for whom.

Reducing Conflict: Clear, systemic data points to the best accommodation and creates a firm foundation for decision making. Parents, teachers, consultants, assessors, and students now have clear common ground for these important but often fraught decisions.

uPAR’s systematic, research driven process, means the right reading accommodation is chosen for your student as early as possible. And with uPAR’s ongoing data collection you can be certain that accommodation recommendations are updated and adapted based on valid data.

How it Works

1) Set up a group of students in minutes

Step 1 - Set up a group of students in minutes

2) Evaluate up to 30 students in one class period

Step 2 - Evaluate up to 30 students in one class period

3) Scoring is automatic. Reports clearly show independent reading level and reading level with accommodations.

Step 3 - Automatic scoring

This data is based on actual uPAR school data of students identified as having reading disabilities. This group data shows the effect an accommodation had on each student:

  1. no benefit
  2. above independent reading level
  3. got to grade level
  4. exceeded grade level

The Assessment 

Students read passages under three conditions:

  • independently
  • with human recorded speech as an accommodation
  • and a text reader (with word-by-word highlighting and controls to pause and change the rate of speech).

Independent Reading Condition 

Students self-select a passage to read. They read the passage at their independent reading level, followed by a comprehension quiz at the end of the reading passage. 

Students self-select a passage to read.

They read a passage at their independent reading level.

Students take a comprehension quiz at the end of the reading passage.

Human Reader Accommodation

After completing the comprehension quiz for the independent reading condition, students self-select another reading passage to be read by a human narrator.Students listen to the narrator read the passage simulating a human reader. After the passage, they take a quiz on the content.

Students listen to the narrator read the passage simulating a human reader. After the passage, they take a quiz on the content.

Text Reader Accommodation

Students then select another passage to be read by a text reader. The text reader highlights word-by-word as the computer-generated voice reads the text. Students can choose the rate of speech and can pause and continue the passage as needed.

Just as in the other two conditions, students take a comprehension quiz after reading the passage.

The text reader highlights word-by-word as the computer-generated voice reads the text.

Depending on how students do in each accommodation condition, they are given additional passages at more difficult levels (if they did well with grade-level reading passages with the accommodations) or easier levels (if they didn’t do well with grade-level reading passages). The process continues for each of the accommodated conditions until a level is reached where the student is challenged but successful.

Setup

Add student names. 

 Add student names

Add grade level and independent reading level for each student.

Add grade level and independent reading level for each student.

Give students the instructions to start the assessment. Administer individually or up to 30 students can take it together in a lab or on their own devices.

Give students the instructions to start the assessment.

The Data

uPAR will automatically generate and download the assessment data, including one page for each student, making it a perfect portfolio. Both individual and group data is available to educators and administrators.

Summary data shows the number of students who can benefit from an accommodation and the number who don’t benefit from an accommodation. The chart breaks down the percentage who may need both accommodations and interventions or modifications and more intensive interventions. It also shows the average grade level increases achieved with human reader or text reader accommodations. Student names are colour coded as a visual reference.

Summary data shows the number of students who can benefit from an accommodation and the number who don’t benefit from an accommodation.

Selecting a student name will display individual data. It shows how the student performed in each of the conditions. In the case below with Ryan Stanton, he scored 43% on a comprehension quiz after reading the 5th grade reading passage independently. He scored 75% in both the adult reader and text reader conditions at his grade level (8th grade).

Selecting a student name will display individual data. It shows how the student performed in each of the conditions.

Rationale

Data-driven decisions with uPAR improves several key areas:

Documentation: Inaccurate subjective decision-making is replaced with well documented and clearly presented data. So parents, teachers, and administrators feel confident with the recommendations and are more likely to support accommodations.

Efficiency: Individual evaluations are replaced by more efficient group evaluations so educators can keep up with the demand for accommodations. PAR can dramatically reduce wait times for assessments and the conflicts that generates.

Inclusion: Teachers know when to accommodate rather than modify. uPAR takes the guesswork out of it!

Why we need a process to identify students: a case study

Meet Nichelle. She was excited for the first day of kindergarten—she couldn’t wait to go, but she quickly found out that she didn’t learn the same way as the other students. She struggled through every grade and received modified materials until she was assessed for accommodations in her freshman (grade 9) year. Now she’s getting A’s and B’s in general curriculum classes with her new tools. Watch her tell her story in the video below.

image of NichelleWhen you have students like Nichelle in your classrooms, how do you find them?

uPAR gives you a quick way to find students who need reading accommodations. With uPAR, making data-driven decisions just got easier for your whole IEP team.

 

 

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Shipping 

 

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Most of our items are shipped by Canpar, which takes 3-5 business days to reach the customer. Where service is not available, or due to the special requirements of the product, we will also use UPS, Puralator or Canada Post. Please allow 10-15 days for order processing.

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How long does it take for me to receive my order?

Order processing time depends on availability of the product from the manufacturer, but typically products are shipped within 10-15 business days after the order is placed. See shipping options for the number of days it will take to reach you after it leaves our warehouse.

Do you ship internationally?

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Do you offer a money back guarantee?

We offer a 21-day money-back guarantee unless otherwise noted. Products must be returned in a resalable condition as determined by Bridges. Returns are subject to a 20 percent restocking fee after 21-days. Many of our manufacturers offer additional limited warranties of longer durations on their products. Returns will no longer be accepted after a period of 90 days. Please call us at 1-800-353-1107 (8:30am - 4:30pm EST) or send an e-mail to info@bridges-canada.com for more information about manufacturer's warranties or returning your product.

Please note, customers cannot return software for a refund.  However, we do offer a store credit for the full amount if returned within 21 days. After 21 days a restocking fee may apply.

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