Diagnostic Development Project

The Foundations Learning System Diagnostic was developed under contract with the U.S. Department of Education under the product name “iASK.” The following describes the development project and its findings.
The Iowa Assessment of Skills and Knowledge for Automatic Word Recognition and Decoding (iASK)

Foundations in Learning was 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 was for the development of iASK, an online diagnostic assessment that better differentiates reading problems to target the appropriate interventions.

iASK identifies 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 helps determine what intervention is most appropriate for these students. Foundations in Learning organized an impressive team to help solve this most important problem. Dr. Carolyn Brown and Dr. Jerry Zimmermann of Foundations in Learning served 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 served as scientists on the project. The project was completed in the spring of 2017.