The Dominie Reading Assessment is a portfolio of tests and tools that teachers can use to measure the reading and writing ability of children in kindergarten through third grade. It was developed by Dr. Diane DeFord at the University of South Carolina.


The test consists of a variety of oral and written tests and is administered to one child at a time by a trained teacher.

Taking the Tests

Children sit down with a trained educator and are guided through reading, spelling and phonetic exercises. Some portions are read aloud, and some are short-answer, fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice questions.


The tests are used to determine a child’s reading ability and to plan individual educational goals.


The Dominie Reading Assessment is in use by school districts around the country. It has been tested for use by special-education students and those for whom English is not their first language.


The Dominie Reading Assessment is published by Pearson Education Inc. The company also publishes books and educational materials in the Dominie format.