For Educators

The ROAR measures a student’s ability to quickly recognize words. Word recognition is at the foundation of reading ability and is important for reading fluency and comprehension. Low scores on the ROAR might indicate that a student is struggling with word recognition and may benefit from additional targeted instruction in phonics and decoding skills. ROAR scores should always be interpreted alongside other information on children’s reading development.

We are currently partnering with schools to co-design this research-based tool around the needs of educators.

A Research-Based Tool

ROAR Scores are highly correlated with other standardized reading scores. Click to learn more about the multi-study validation process.

Rapid. Automated. Online.

Designed to be administered in the classroom or at home, students can take the ROAR on any computer or Chromebook connected to the internet.

Active R&D

Together with our partners, we are developing subtests and co-designing the platform to meet the needs of educators, clinicians, and other researchers.

Administering the ROAR

Timeline for in-class administration

  1. Parent opt-out period: Two weeks before ROAR  Day, the school distributes the Parent Opt-out Letter (email or paper acceptable). Because the ROAR is a research tool, all parents/legal guardians should receive this research consent notice regarding their child’s participation.
  2. Pre-register students: Educators upload student registrations and print individual registration cards with login information.
  3. ROAR Day: Administer the ROAR in class. Grades 3+ will be able to login and complete the ROAR in 20-30 min for the full three-form assessment (~5-10 minutes for each form). Consider budgeting 30-35 min for Grades 1-2. The ROAR is fully automated with voiceover instructions—students can continue without a proctor after launching.
  4. Optional at-home research tasks: The Stanford research team is available to run appointment-based virtual assessments on students who elect to complete at-home research tasks. Educators have the option to invite students to sign up for the additional testing and receive the extended score reports.

On ROAR Day, every student will need:

  • Laptop or Chromebook
  • Chrome or Firefox browser + WiFi
  • Headphones
  • Registration card

Administration Guide

Please email readingresearch@stanford.edu to request a copy of the full ROAR Administration Guide, including a short list of required student information for pre-registration, a teacher script for ROAR Day, and a preview of the online platform.

Receiving Score Reports

Please allow 24-48 hours after ROAR Day to receive scores. Score report files will be shared through a secure online dropbox accessible only to authorized partners.

A live-updating teacher dashboard is currently under development. We welcome feedback and suggestions for this feature from educators.

ROAR-Phonological Awareness

The ROAR-PA subtest is appropriate for younger students in Pre-K through Grade 3. It measures elision, word blending, and sound matching to assess a student’s phonological awareness.

Resources for Educators

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