Jacques Memorial School
Fall 2020

Your child has been tested using the Acadience Reading Assessment. The purpose of Acadience Reading is to monitor your child’s development in reading, to identify students who need additional help, and to guide the teacher’s instruction. Acadience Reading should not be used to grade a child.

Acadience Reading consists of several brief tests that are used as indicators of critical skills that students need to master in order to become good readers. Much like measuring a child’s height and weight provides an indicator of that child’s overall growth, each Acadience test provides an indicator of how well a child is doing in learning a particular reading skill. The scores tell us whether a child is likely to be “on track” for learning to read, or whether that child may need some additional help in learning important reading skills. 

In September of this year, your child took a benchmarking assessment. If indicated, some students are being progress monitored for a particular reading skill. 

The teachers assess the following:

1st and Kindergarten Phonemic Awareness: understanding that spoken words are made up of individual sounds.

1st Grade

  • Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF): Correct Letter Sound Measures the ability to produce the correct sound for a letter.
  • Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF): Whole Words Read Is the number of make-believe words read correctly as a whole word without first being sounded out.


  • First Sound Fluency (FSF): measures the ability to identify the initial sounds in words.
  • Letter Naming Fluency (LNF): measures the ability to identify letters
  • Reading Composite Score (RCS): The Reading Composite Score is a combination of multiple Reading scores and provides the best overall estimate of early literacy skills and reading proficiency.

NWEA Report 
Jacques Memorial School
Fall 2020

First Grade students at Jacques Memorial School will take the MAP Growth test-Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). 

This test adapts to your child’s responses in real time to measure your child’s skill level. This test helps teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. We also use the results to tailor classroom lessons and set student goals.

Your child will be tested in the fall, winter, and spring starting in 1st grade.

Please remember this is one point of data of several data points we collect throughout the year. These reports will be sent home with every report card.