The Power and Possibility of Predicting Reading Outcomes With RAN

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 6: Recent Developments in Assessment and Research

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the differentiation between RAN and extant reading measures, including letter naming fluency.
  2. understand the association between various RAN measures and other commonly used reading measures.
  3. become familiar with new RAN measures.


Rapid automatized naming (RAN) involves quickly and accurately naming repeated sets of familiar items. Though considerable research supports RAN as a strong predictor of reading skill, there exists variation in the relation between RAN and reading skill. In this presentation, we discuss the incremental validity of RAN with respect to reading outcomes independent of commonly used reading measures in kindergarten and first grade. Implications for screening for dyslexia and other reading difficulties will be discussed.



Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Acadience Learning
Jacob Gray, Acadience Learning
Roland H. Good, Acadience Learning
Amy N. Warnock, Acadience Learning


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