YARC (Assessment Tool) Workshop with Walter Howe, 29 June – Sydney

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The York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension – Australian Edition (YARC) enables teachers and specialists to assess the reading comprehension skills of children 5 to 18 years.

This 3-hour workshop will introduce the three YARC assessments (Early Reading, Passage Comprehension and Passage Comprehension Secondary) and explains how they can be used to provide useful data for students, parents, schools and teachers to assist students make better progress in learning.

The contents of the workshop are as follows:

What is reading?  Five Pillars of Reading and Simple View of Reading

Why do some students struggle to learn to read? Dyslexia and other reading difficulties

YARC: overview; administration; scoring; reporting

  • Early Reading: letter sound knowledge; sound deletion; sound isolation; early word recognition.
  • Passage Comprehension: word recognition; oral reading accuracy; oral comprehension; oral reading rate.
  • Passage Comprehension – Secondary: word recognition; silent reading comprehension; silent reading rate and oral reading fluency; testing weaker readers.


Event Details:

WHEN: 10am to 1pm, Friday, 29 June 2018.  Registration from 9.30am.

COST:  SPELD Tutors and Students $50, SPELD Members $70, Non-members $100

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Presented By Walter Howe

Walter Howe is a Sydney based Educational and Developmental Psychologist. He worked as a secondary teacher and school counsellor in NSW before becoming involved in test publishing in 1988. He has managed Australian standardisation studies for the WISC III, the Woodcock Johnson III; the new Woodcock Johnson IV  Tests of Cognitive Abilities; Tests of Achievement and Tests of Oral Language (WJIV) and the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC). He is a regular presenter at professional conferences on topics ranging from dyslexia to emotional intelligence.

Disclaimer – Water Howe and his company, Psychological Assessments Australia, derive income from the sale of various standardised assessments including the YARC.



Completing this event will contribute to 2.5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 3.6.2 for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.




SPELD NSW has a ‘no refund’ policy. The exception is if the event had to be cancelled. Registration can be transferred if required.

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