KeyPhonics Overview


  • Setting up an assessment takes seconds
  • Assessments take 2-5 minutes per student
  • Scoring is automatic


  • Training:
    1 - 2 hours online
  • Administration:
    2 - 5 minutes per student using a computer
  • Scoring:
    Automatic with notes captured during administration
  • Data/ Reports:
    Automatically displayed, stored for later retrieval, printable and shareable PDFs


Single and multisyllabic words covering:

12 most critical phonics patterns

  • CVC (cat)
  • CVCC (pact)
  • R-Controlled (her)
  • CVCe (note)
  • Vowel Team (coat)
  • Digraphs (ship)
  • Blends (flop)
  • CVCCVC (catnip)
  • Prefixes (unfair)
  • Short Vowel with Suffix (badly)
  • Long Vowel with Suffix (motion)
  • Contractions (can’t)

AND 102 foundational phonics skills

Example for single syllable, within CVC all 5 short vowels are assessed:

  • CVC a (cat)
  • CVC e (bed)
  • CVC i (pig)
  • CVC o (top)
  • CVC u (mug)

Example for Multisyllabic, Long Vowel with Suffix:

  • Long i with -ent (silent)
  • Long a with -y (lazy)
  • Long o with -tion (motion)

Two Assessments In One


  • Who: All students, new enrollments
  • When: 3 times a year, plus summer session
  • What: 12 most critical phonics patterns
  • Why: Identify students’ phonics skills for instruction and additional diagnostic testing


  • Who: Any student who needs additional help based on screening results
  • When: Anytime additional information is needed to plan instruction
  • What: 102 foundational phonics skills
  • Why: Identify specific student phonics needs, linked to instruction

Monitor Progress

  • Who: Any student receiving phonics interventions
  • When: Pre, During, and Post Instruction (recommended)
  • What: 12 most critical phonics patterns including 102 foundational phonics skills
  • Why: Track phonics skills across time to adjust instruction

Grades 1 And Up

  • Recommended for grade 1 (mid year) through elementary grades
  • And for middle and high school students who are struggling readers


  • Select a scope and sequence
  • OR Match the scope and sequence with any reading curriculum that follows a consist teaching progression of phonics skills at each grade level

Technology Based

  • Computers or smart phones
  • iKeepsafe tags
  • Automatic scoring and data reports
  • NO need for paper and pencil or data entry

Instant Reporting

The automatic reports eliminate the guesswork and allow you to customize your instruction to maximize student learning and address the specific needs for all of your students.

Reports allow you to plan instruction by showing:

  • If phonics should be taught at the: grade, class, group, or individual student level.
  • Which phonics skills are mastered, in progress, or not yet learned.

Linked To Instruction

  • Instructional recommendations provided for: grade, class, group and students

Research Based

Through years of research and working with hundreds of students, we are proud to share our results for each of the 12 phonics patterns. Through this work, you can trust the information you receive is providing a reliable and accurate picture of students' phonics skills.