Date of Award

Winter 2007

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Education

First Advisor

Grant Cioffi


This study evaluates the relationship among three commonly administered phonics measures. "Pseudoword Decoding," a norm-referenced assessment from Wechsler Individual Assessment Test - II (WIAT-II), the "Primary Spelling Inventory" and the "Names Test," criterion-referenced instruments, were administered to a general population of 56 second-grade students with mixed reading abilities. The "Elision" subtest, a norm referenced assessment from the "Phonological Awareness" composite on the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP), was also administered to all 56 students to discover whether the phonics measures correlated with it. Pearson product moment correlations were used to compare the four measures. Significant correlations were found among all the measures. The phonics measures were most strongly correlated ranging from .778-.845. Students shared their perceptions of and preferences for the measures. Implications for classroom assessment of phonics are discussed.