The Iowa Assessment of Skills and Knowledge for Automatic Word Recognition and Decoding (iASK)

The iASK Development Project

Foundations in Learning has been awarded Phase I and Phase II research and development funding from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences under award #ED-IES-15-C-0023.  The SBIR award is for the development of iASK, an online diagnostic assessment that will better differentiate reading problems to target the appropriate interventions.


iASK will identify students who lack the requisite foundational reading skills required for reading comprehension, as well as those who may have some or many of the skills but cannot use them efficiently enough for fluent reading.  In addition, iASK will help determine what intervention is most appropriate for these students. Foundations in Learning has organized an impressive team to help solve this most important problem.  Dr. Carolyn Brown and Dr. Jerry Zimmermann of Foundations in Learning will serve as co-Principal Investigators on the project. Drs. Bob McMurray and Eliot Hazeltine from the University of Iowa’s Department of Psychology and Delta Center and Dr. Deborah Reed from the University of Iowa’s College of Education and the Iowa Reading Research Center will serve as scientists on this project.  The project will be completed in the spring of 2017.

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