For Parents

The ROAR is a research assessment tool that is under development at Stanford University. The motivation for developing the ROAR is to create a fast, valid, and reliable assessment of reading ability that can be used in schools, and clinics, as well as for research. We are currently partnering with schools to co-design this research-based assessment tool around the needs of 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.

To help make sense of each students’ ROAR scores, we also include the following information in the score report:

ROAR Percentile Scores are used to interpret where a student’s word recognition skills are relative to others of their age.

ROAR Risk Scores classify each student into one of three three categories: At Risk, Some Risk, or Doing Well. These categories offer some guidance for which students are likely to benefit from additional targeted instruction; they should not be interpreted as a diagnosis.

The risk categories are defined based on cut points on the percentile scoresParticipants performing below the 25th percentile are flagged as At Risk. Students performing between the 25th and 50th percentile are flagged as being at Some Risk. Participants performing above the 50th percentile are classified as Doing Well.

More information for struggling readers

If you are worried that your child is struggling with reading, there are a number of great resources in the Bay Area and online. We try to keep an updated Dyslexia Resources for Parents page. Or you can join the Stanford University Reading & Dyslexia Research Program Participant Database if you would like to get involved in research.