The FDMT is a program-independent set of four individually administered subtests:
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This powerful, flexible diagnostic tool is based on more than 40 years of clinical
experience, teaching and research.
What does it do?
The FDMT tells you exactly which decoding skills have been mastered (don’t need to
be taught), which are in transition (need some attention) and which skills need to
be taught “from scratch.” This enables teachers to pinpoint each student’s exact
needs and to measure progress against previous performance.
Who should use it?
The FDMT is an essential tool for any teacher, tutor, or supervisor who needs to
determine individual student levels of decoding mastery.
Because this test enables the examiner to measure mastery levels on the structures
of written English, it is particularly useful for evaluating progress on goals of
IEPs or similar individualized programs.
This complete kit for testing 20 students includes:
A 64-page Examiner’s Manual containing: --explicit directions for administering each
subtest -- sample test protocols from four typical students -- detailed instructions
for interpreting scores & student responses -- a scoring table for interpreting the
numerical results -- a description of the test’s development
3 UV-coated cards for student use during the test
20 7-page sets of forms for recording student responses
Preliminary versions of this test were piloted extensively in classroom and clinical
settings. Both statistical analysis and direct observations by experienced teachers
confirm that this test is a highly reliable diagnostic tool for identifying precisely
which decoding skills students have mastered and which skills need to be taught!
(about $3.50 per student tested)
How long does it take?
All four subtests of the FDMT can be given within 30 minutes. For students with
very few decoding skills, the time may be quite a bit less, perhaps as little as