Get more than data—get a targeted intervention plan that saves time!
The SPELL- 3 diagnostic assessment features sophisticated error analysis that provides a data-driven reading and spelling intervention plan for each student—a prescriptive roadmap for exactly which patterns and skills to address and in what order. This print-and-go intervention plan also includes the specific lesson numbers and word study activities to turn to in the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing – Word Study Curriculum for each prescribed instructional goal.
SPELL-3 makes it easier than ever to assess learners given its seamless compatibility with macOS and Windows OS, its ability to run across a variety of devices, and its power to simultaneously test multiple students.
- Phonological awareness: phoneme and syllable segmentation and phoneme discrimination and identification
- Orthographic pattern awareness: letter-sound relationships and letter patterns and spelling rules
- Morphological knowledge and awareness: letter-meaning relationships of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots; rules for combining morphemes; and relationships in meaning and spelling among inflected and derived words that share a common base word or word root
- Semantic awareness: attention to the meaning conveyed by the spelling of a word
- Orthographic representations of words and word parts in long-term lexical storage
SPELL-3 is appropriate for all Grade 2 and above students and adults who are struggling with reading decoding, reading fluency, spelling, and writing, including multi-lingual learners, Title I students, special education students, speech-language impaired (DLD) and hearing-impaired learners, and learners with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
Format & Administration: web-based assessment administered with minimal supervision required; Examiner’s Help Guide (PDF) and Quick Start Guide (PDF) included
Response: keyboard entry and mouse click; option for students to write responses on paper for keyboard entry by examiner is strongly recommended for younger students unfamiliar with keyboarding to reduce test completion time
Completion Time: 30–60 minutes
Ages/Grades: Grade 2–Adult
Supported Devices: desktops, laptops, Chromebooks, and most tablets including iPads and Android tablets; log-in flexibility allows examiner to begin testing on one device and finish on another
Supported web browsers: Chrome version 70+, Edge version 80+, Firefox version 70+, and Safari version 13+; while SPELL-3 may work on earlier versions of these browsers and on other browsers, technical support for those is not available
HIPAA Compliant: Yes
SPELL-3 gives you immediately actionable data linked directly to activities in the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing word study curriculum (sold separately). For each deficit identified by SPELL-3, the assessment writes an intervention goal and prescribes specific lessons and activities in a recommended order.
This wealth of actionable data is presented in several auto-generated reports, including detailed results and recommendation reports; letter reports to parents/caregivers, colleagues, and the test taker that summarize the results and recommendations; a performance-based intervention plan that lays out the roadmap for targeted instruction and allows all stakeholders to easily track progress; and group reports that identify individual and overlapping instructional needs for a set of students.
Detect oral and written language deficits often missed by other assessments. With SPELL-3, you’ll obtain a deep and highly sensitive measure of a student’s word study knowledge and skills for reading and spelling words. The assessment automatically and seamlessly adapts to responses to present test items that are uniquely tailored to the individual student, and expertly interprets the data in line with the most current research. When the assessment is complete, you’ll know which underlying language processes and skills are interfering with successful reading and spelling and precisely what types of interventions are needed.
SPELL-3’s user interface eliminates distractions and is appropriate for all ages and provides peace of mind, knowing that your data is securely stored for you—with no need for creating backups. You’ll also find comfort knowing that assessment updates and new features will be added automatically, at no additional cost.
Scoring and analyzing student data and planning data-driven instruction is so incredibly time consuming, often incomplete, and too subjective. SPELL-3 saves countless hours because it does all the heavy lifting—test administration; scoring, analyzing and interpreting data; identifying goals; writing reports; and planning targeted intervention—so you can devote more of your valuable time to teaching and advancing student outcomes. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what your colleagues are saying…
How it works
Once you log in to your SPELL-3 account, it takes just a minute to create a student record and begin the assessment. There are three levels of the Main Test in SPELL-3, and the program will automatically determine which level of assessment is most appropriate for an individual student.
Level 1 assesses:
- common consonant patterns
- consonant digraphs and trigraphs
- short vowels
- common long-vowel patterns
Level 2 assesses:Level 1 patterns, plus
- additional consonant patterns
- additional long-vowel patterns
- other vowels and diphthongs
- within-word consonant doubling
- consonant clusters and abutting consonants
- silent consonants
- syllabic vowel sounds
- irregular past-tense verbs
- inflected suffixes
Level 3 assesses:Level 2 patterns, with the exception of contractions, plus
- irregular past-tense verbs
- derivational affixes
Already own SPELL-2? Use this chart to help decide the right time to make the switch to SPELL-3*
*when it’s available
A comparison of the key features of SPELL-3 and SPELL-2:
macOS and Windows OS
Windows OS (not Mac compatible)
Desktops, laptops, most tablets including iPads, Chromebooks, and popular Android tablets
Desktops and laptops
Access the web-based program from anywhere; begin testing on one device, finish on another
Access the software program on your desktop or laptop; testing of a student must be started and completed on the same machine
Some users may dislike graphics and animations
Pricing & Administrations*
Pay per administration, pay only for the number of assessments you need to administer; cost per administration decreases with increase in number of administrations purchased
Pay one-time fee for unlimited administrations per license
Ability to simultaneously test multiple students
Included and unlimited
Additional licenses must be purchased to simultaneously test multiple students
Available at additional cost
Includes automatic upgrades to newer versions and immediate access to new test features and scoring analyses to reflect the most current research
Includes automatic bug fixes and patches to the existing software
Storage/backup of student data
Securely stored and automatically backed up for you on our server
Stored on your local computer; requires manual backup
Updated assessment aligns with most current research
Older assessment not aligned with most current research
Treatment plan report
Automatically created for you
Requires manual transfer of data from SPELL-2 to Appendix E in SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing curriculum
Correlation with SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing curriculum*
A third edition of SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing, to be released at a future date, will directly correlate with SPELL-3
SPELL-2 is directly correlated with lessons and activities in the SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing word study curriculum (2nd Edition)
Easy examination of all responses made by a student, not just the errors that trigger goals
*Reasons you may want to continue using SPELL-2.
Is SPELL-2 still available for purchase?
SPELL-2 is still available for purchase until the release of SPELL-3. After the release of SPELL-3, new customers will need to purchase SPELL-3.
Can I keep using the SPELL-2 software I already purchased?
Yes. You may continue using your SPELL-2 CD or SPELL-2 downloaded software. However, we will no longer provide tech support for the SPELL-2 CD and SPELL-2 downloaded software beginning April 1, 2023.
Can I still purchase additional user licenses for the SPELL-2 downloaded software?
Yes. You may purchase additional user licenses for the SPELL-2 downloaded software. However, tech support for SPELL-2 will be discontinued on April 1, 2023.
Can I still upgrade my SPELL-2 CD software to SPELL-2 download software?
Yes. If you currently use the CD version of SPELL-2, you may upgrade to the SPELL-2 downloaded software. We strongly recommend this for all SPELL-2 users. This upgrade option will no longer be available after April 1, 2023.