What is the RISE?

The RISE is a computer-administered diagnostic reading assessment for grades 5-10, which takes approximately one hour to complete. It contains six subtests, each of which looks at a specific component of reading–such as word recognition and decoding or vocabulary–that may be impacting students’ success. These component reading skills are not directly assessed by other assessments such as the SRI or most state achievement tests. The RISE helps to pinpoint areas of need in reading for individuals and for groups of students.

The RISE reports scaled scores for each subtest. The scaled scores are color-coded by performance level (Warning, Needs Improvement, Proficiency-Low, or Proficiency-High), making it easy to spot skill areas that should be targeted for extra instruction. RISE results can help identify students in need of additional instruction or intervention. Because results are broken out by subtest, reports also show areas of need for a class or grade (for example, many 7th graders might show needs in vocabulary). Over time, RISE results can help with monitoring the progress that a school is making in particular aspects of improving the reading skills of its students and can also be used to evaluate the relative impact of different reading programs.

The RISE is a joint effort of SERP and the Educational Testing Service, developed in partnership with the Boston Public Schools. Its design was shaped by the school district's expressed needs. It is appropriate for students from 5th-10th grades and provides information on the strengths and weaknesses in component skills such as word recognition and decoding, vocabulary, morphology, and reading efficiency.

Are Older Students Struggling with Basic Reading Skills?

By the time a student reaches upper elementary school, he or she is expected to have mastered basic reading skills. Around 4th grade, students should be “reading to learn,” not learning to read. But this is not the reality for many students who continue to struggle with basic reading skills well beyond the elementary grades.

The RISE was developed to help identify these students and provide detailed information to teachers about the nature of their struggles. Are they weak in word recognition? Do they struggle with complex syntax? Are they very slow readers?

The RISE can help schools understand the scope of the reading difficulties faced by their students.


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Sabatini, J., Bruce, K., Steinberg, J., & Weeks, J. (2015). SARA reading components tests, RISE forms: Technical adequacy and test design. ETS Research Report Series, 2015(2), 1-20.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the RISE (Reading Inventory and Scholastic Evaluation) on its new web-based platform.

The new platform allows entire districts or individual schools to purchase and administer RISE tests and get immediate score reports. The cost of each RISE test is $7.00.

Are you ready to purchase the RISE? Request a RISE Account.

For all inquiries about the use of the RISE test, including accounts and payment options, please e-mail RISE_Info@ets.org.

The RISE was developed through a SERP collaboration with Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Boston Public Schools.

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