What is the Early Literacy Benchmark Assessment Series?
The 2012-2013 Early Literacy Benchmark Assessment Series (EL-BAS) consists of computer-presented assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards in grades kindergarten and first.
The EL-BAS is consistent with the research-based findings and recommendations from national and state panels (e.g., the National Reading Panel, the National Early Literacy Panel, and the Task Force on Reading Assessment established by Arizona HB 2732).
The EL-BAS assesses critical aspects of early literacy as appropriate for each grade level including
• print concepts
• phonological awareness
• phonics and word recognition
• vocabulary acquisition and use
• comprehension of text
For the 2012-2013 school year, three assessments from the Early Literacy Benchmark Assessment Series are available for each grade level. The three assessments are designed to assess the development of early literacy skills throughout the year and cover the standards in a progressively more comprehensive manner. ATI recommends administering these assessments in fall, winter, and spring.
For more information, read Frequently Asked Questions: ATI Early Literacy Benchmark Assessment Series.