WordFlight’s components build foundational reading skills.

Systematic phonics instruction is an essential component of an effective literacy program. But, without automatic word recognition skills—the ability to apply their foundational reading skills with ease—students cannot read with fluency and comprehension.

  • One important component of this skill is decoding, or translating a written word into spoken sounds.
  • To reach automatic word recognition, students learn to generalize their decoding skills across contexts and with new content.

Evidence shows that a form of structured practice that builds automatic word recognition is an essential step in preparing students to become fluent readers.

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WordFlight has what a school or district needs to build foundational literacy skills for students in grades 2-8 with its five major components.


WordFlight Screener

The quick, online Screener identifies students who struggle with foundational reading skills.

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WordFlight Diagnostic

The powerful, patented Diagnostic provides visibility into each student’s development of decoding, generalization and automatic word recognition skills, the best predictor of fluency.

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Instructional Program

The online Instructional Program enables students to receive varied practice to build automatic word recognition in a game-like environment.

To check if students are on track, the system provides diagnostic and ongoing formative assessment.

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Teacher Resources

Teacher-directed lesson plans support explicit instruction in a multi-tiered system of support framework.

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  • Tailored implementation and on-going support
  • Professional learning

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1. Screener

The quick online screener identifies students who likely have deficits in the critical foundational reading skills.

With the WordFlight Screener, educators can identify early which students are struggling with foundational reading skills.

The WordFlight Screener reliably predicts performance on standardized reading measures. It tells you if the student’s foundational literacy skills—decoding and automatic word recognition—are likely:

  • Proficient
  • At some risk
  • At high risk

The typical student will complete it in about 10-15 minutes.

WordFlight Screener Report shows which students are proficient, at some risk, at high risk individually and by class.

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The WordFlight Screener is available to schools at no charge.

WordFlight Student Diagnostic Report shows a student’s knowledge of decoding, including single, digraph, cluster for consonants and vowels, as well as their overall score. Report also shows a student’s knowledge of generalization and automaticity, including word, nonword, one syllable, two syllables, three syllables, non speeded and speeded word recognition skills. The report provides the “instructional zone” the student is in, ranking from high risk at a score of one and proficient at a score of four.

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2. Diagnostic

The diagnostic assessment provides a unique learning profile that reveals new insights about students’ reading skills.

The patented WordFlight Diagnostic measures the skills necessary to become a fluent reader, identifying:

  • Strengths and gaps in decoding skills with a depth of information not seen in other assessments and
  • whether a student can automatically and flexibly use what they know across many contexts to automatically read words.

Students typically complete the WordFlight Diagnostic in three 20-minute sessions.

The WordFlight Diagnostic is the first and only validated measurement tool for automatic word recognition.

Teachers receive a detailed individual report for each student that identifies their strengths and deficits in specific foundational reading skills, aiding in the selection of targeted interventions for individuals or groups of students.

The WordFlight Diagnostic tells you:

  • How many and which students are proficient or at risk in decoding and/or automaticity skills.
  • What specific gaps exist in decoding knowledge.
  • If a student can generalize decoding to novel words and to multisyllabic words.
  • Whether the student has the foundational literacy skills to support automatic word recognition.
  • If a student is prepared to read fluently.
  • Student instructional priorities.

The WordFlight Diagnostic is administered three times per year as part of the WordFlight Instructional Program.

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I have watched thousands of students struggle on reading, not exactly sure how to help them…I watched my group of intervention reading students go through the program and from fall to spring testing make significant jumps on their scores. This not only improved their reading ability but HUGELY improved their self esteem! Carolyn Powers, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Humboldt Middle School (IA)
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3. Instructional Program

The WordFlight Instructional Program moves students to proficiency in foundational reading skills in less than a year.

The WordFlight Instructional Program offers a personalized, online learning experience built on more than a decade of research and development.

Why focus on automatic word recognition?

WordFlight is the only solution designed to build students’ automatic word recognition, a missing component in many reading curricula. WordFlight builds students’ foundational reading skills in a way that allows them to automatically transfer those skills to fluency.

How is instruction personalized for each student?

WordFlight is different from other personalized and adaptive solutions. Each student receives the structure they need to build their foundational literacy skills. To support the needs of diverse learners, we integrate decades of research from cognitive science about how students learn to become skilled readers.

Is WordFlight appropriate for diverse learners?

The tens of thousands of oral and print experiences delivered privately allow diverse learners—such as English language learners, those with dyslexia and other special populations—to repeatedly explore the language and the links between sound and print. This varied and systematic practice allows students to gain competence and confidence with the meaning and structure of English through diverse and increasingly difficult word experiences.

How much class time should be dedicated to WordFlight?

The blended learning environment moves students to proficiency with foundational reading skills in less than a school year with 20-minute daily online sessions, which can be blended into classroom routines.

How do I use WordFlight in my classroom?
Teachers have flexibility in how they implement WordFlight, enabling them to adjust:

  • How and when they use it. For example, some schools dedicate 20 minutes of class time for every student to use it while others have instructional coaches use it during their intervention time.
  • Whether they use teacher-facilitated instruction in addition to online learning
What teacher delivered materials are included?

In addition to the online components, WordFlight provides meaningful, teacher-facilitated instruction. It includes curriculum guides and daily lesson plans to extend and deepen student learning.

How is the WordFlight Instructional Program designed to build foundational reading skills?

WordFlight’s instructional design consists of a scope and sequence of 24 units organized into six objectives.

  • Each objective has a pre-test, four instructional units, and a post-test.
  • Each instructional unit includes 22 varied tasks that focus on sounds, onsets and rimes, syllables, phrases, and passages.
  • The lesson content in each unit supports three levels of difficulty, enabling the program to adjust to each student’s instructional needs.
How does WordFlight engage students?

The online instructional program increases student engagement. Students earn points, get avatars, achieve goals, and win competitions without sacrificing learning. We developed each task based on the science of how students actually learn to read.

“WordFlight gives students very high-quality instruction in what they need. It is a great program and would recommend it to other reading interventionists and specialists.” Carla Riley McKinley STEAM Academy, Cedar Rapids Community School District Iowa
WordFlight Unit 3 - Lesson one includes suggestions for whole group instruction: daily reading engagement question, model reading, and oral discussion. Unit includes vocabulary words and ways to use them. Lesson also includes small group instruction suggestions for decoding. Lesson comes with Word Lists for easy and challenge levels. Lesson to be paired with independent computer work. Students should be on the computer at least 20 minutes per day in WordFlight.

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4. Teacher Resources

Our professional learning ensures teachers understand the purpose of WordFlight and are comfortable with the program and can implement it effectively.

WordFlight is easy to launch, requiring minimal training to start. However, we provide professional learning throughout the school year to:

  • Discuss obstacles many students face in becoming proficient readers.
  • Introduce principles and methods from the science of learning that overcome these obstacles.
  • Enable teachers to fully implement the program.
  • Support data-driven instructional decisions.
  • Use WordFlight effectively.
Does WordFlight include formative assessment?
WordFlight provides regular feedback to enable teachers to monitor and celebrate student growth and progress.
How can teachers monitor progress?
WordFlight’s progress monitoring tools enable teachers to evaluate progress in decoding, syllable use, and timed and untimed word recognition.
What type of reports are included in WordFlight?
The online management system enables teachers and administrators to monitor student usage and performance with on-demand reports about student progress. The reports can also be used to share current progress with students and parents.

5. Support

The WordFlight team is committed to you.

Our team is always here to support you and your implementation, from answering questions about the research or making sure your technology meets our minimum requirements.

We are committed to:

  • Meaningful and effective professional learning experiences for teachers and staff.
  • Continuous support to make sure that your implementation is successful for students and teachers.
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WordFlight is an easy-to-use, personalized learning tool for both students and teachers. See for yourself.