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Reading Level: K–3
Interest Level: K–12
The Edmark Reading Program has long helped beginning readers of all ages who need an alternative to phonics to learn to read. The key to this success is the program’s use of a carefully sequenced, highly repetitive word recognition method combined with errorless learning. The program motivates students by breaking learning into steps that ensure that even the poorest readers achieve over 90% accuracy. This approach eliminates incorrect responses and helps students view themselves as readers.
The Edmark Reading Program serves as a sole reading program or as a supplement to a phonics-based or other type of reading program. In Level 1, students learn 150 frequently seen sight words from kindergarten and Grade 1 reading levels and the endings -s, -ed, and -ing. In Level 2, students learn an additional 200 words from Grades 1–3 reading levels.
Students begin by recognizing and reading a new word in isolation and then in the context of phrases, sentences, and stories. They use their newly learned words in a variety of reading activities to reinforce new learning, ensure automatic word recognition, and facilitate the generalization of their reading skills to new and varied situations.
Print and Edmark Online
The program is available in print and as Edmark Online, a web-based software version. Each version can be used independently or in combination, providing educators with versatile tools to help students achieve reading success. The print and online versions have the same lesson structure in the same lesson sequence.
Edmark Online is provided through individual student seat licenses.
- Each student has access to the full range of Level 1 and Level 2 Core programs, AND
- Each student has access to all of the Supplements including Spelling, Comprehension,Take-Away Readers, Homework, and Bingo
Assess the progress of individuals and classes over time with several reporting tools.
- Progress Monitoring Report - indicates individual or whole class progress on assigned activities
- Item Analysis Report - indicates items correct and incorrect within an activity
- Student Progress Report - indicates date of assignment, name of assignment, and % correct.
- Mastery Test Report - progress graphs indicate student’s % of words read and mastery across word groups for multiple test dates and recommendations
Quick Start Guides are provided with step-by-step illustrations.
- Signing in
- Adding Students/Teachers
- Assigning Activities
- Running Reports
Program Overview: A Teacher’s Guide provides complete information for instructing students with Edmark Online.
- Research support for Edmark Reading Program
- Description and screen shots of each type of activity and how to deliver it for students
- Criterion for mastery
The Mastery Test contains four subtests that closely mirror the instructional format of Edmark Online.
- Discrimination and Picture/Phrase Match subtests can be administered independently
- Word Recognition and Oral Reading subtests require involvement by teachers or paraprofessionals for administration
- Printable Mastery Test Summary
Word Recognition screens present students with 153 activities in Level 1 and 200 activities in Level 2.
- Students repeatedly hear, see, point to, and read words
- Student progress is monitored throughout the lessons
5-Word Practice is a Level 1 activity.
- Students identify the words among the last 5 words taught
- The activity is scored
Posttests are given after every 10 words in Level 1 and after every 20 words in Level 2.
- The activity is scored
- Teacher participation is required to administer the Post-test
Picture Match (Level 1) and Phrase Match (Levels 1 & 2) are full-color matching activities.
- Functional reading experience that builds on the Word Recognition activity
- Comprehension practice as students match pictures to words and phrases
- Comprehension practice as students match words/phrases to illustrations
Stories engage students in reading short, fictionalized works illustrated with full-color art.
- Use words learned in previous lessons
- Provide a new context for reading the words
- Include comprehension questions about key details of the story
Comprehension activities provide extensive word recognition and comprehension reinforcement.
- Allow independent practice
Spelling provides an activity for every two words taught in Level 1 and every five words taught in Level 2.
- Reinforcement for recognition of new reading words
- A beginning independent spelling activity
Take-Away Readers are stories with full-color photographs that emphasize words students have learned.
- Discussion questions support comprehension
Resources for program support are included as printable PDFs or video.
- Word Signs Videos
- Reading and Social Skills Games
- The Rides & certificate (Level1)
- Judy’s Birthday Party & certificate (Level 2)
- Word Lists
- Standards Alignment
- Complete Lesson/Activity Sequence