We created some word lists that can be used as a very simple assessment for students in the Overlapping Strategy. The assessment is very easy to administer, and it will help you determine the decoding skills of the students before they begin the Overlapping Strategy, and after they have completed the Basic Blue Level. (You can also re-administer the test during the process if you choose.) The tests are not standardized, nor are they intended to be a complete inventory of phonics skills. However, they can serve as a useful tool in guiding your instruction and in demonstrating your students’ progress. Open the pdf file below, and you will find suggestions on the first four pages and the word lists on the last two.