Spelling Assessments
Spelling Inventories

Our spelling assessments are drawn from Donald R. Bear's Words Their Way. Three levels of spelling inventories are offered to you here. If your students spell with relative accuracy for their grade level, you may wish to start with the inventory that corresponds to your grade level grouping. If your students struggle significantly with spelling accurately, you might start with an inventory below your grade level grouping.

Primary Inventories

Spelling Inventory Directions
Primary Spelling Inventory


Elementary Inventories

Spelling Inventory Directions
Elementary Spelling Inventory


Upper-Level Inventories

Spelling Inventory Directions
Upper-Level Spelling Inventory


Spelling High Frequency Words: Grades 3 - 8

The purpose of this assessment is to determine the number of high-frequency words that students control in spelling. Control means they recognize them immediately when reading a text and write them automatically when writing. If a student is able to spell a word automatically, attention is freed to focus on the message they are attempting to write. Therefore, this assessment can be used throughout the year to record students' growth in control of high frequency words.

Directions for the Spelling Assessment of High Frequency Words
Word Lists for Spelling High Frequency Words