Question: Is SPELL-Links a Structured Literacy Program?

Answer: Yes. "Structured Literacy Program" is a term coined by the International Dyslexia Association and refers to

programs that meet certain the criteria. SPELL-Links meets each of these criteria. SPELL-Links to Reading & Writing is a structured literacy program.

Question: Do you offer ASHA CEUs?

Answer: When you complete one of our SPELL-Links Professional Development offerings, you will receive a Verification of Attendance Form with Certification of Maintenance Hours (CMHs). A $15 CMH administration fee is required to receive this documentation. This fee is waived for SPELLTalk members who register for the webinar through our online store. CMHs are accepted by many organizations, including ASHA, for continuing education. You are required by ASHA to maintain your own copy of these documents in order to receive ASHA CEU credit for the CMHs that you will self-report. Read more about CMHs on ASHA's website.  



Question: Can I use the SPELL-2 software on Mac?

Answer: SPELL-2 does not run on current Mac OS but you can use the following workarounds to install    and run SPELL-2 on your Mac. 

  • One OS at a time
    Boot Camp helps you install Microsoft Windows on your Intel-based Mac. Restart your Mac to switch between macOS and Windows.

  • Side-by-side
    Install VM Fusion for Mac (or Parallels Desktop for Mac) and run Windows image in Virtual machine. Your current OS version will host Windows OS. The Apple Store may provide on-site technical support with installation.               ​

Question: How long does it take to complete the SPELL-2 assessment?

Answer: As with any assessment, it is necessary to obtain adequate data so that the assessment is a valid and reliable measure of a student's abilities. The domain of spelling is very large and the SPELL-2 assessment requires a representative sample of an individual student's spelling in order for the assessment to be valid and reliable. This requires, on average, 30 minutes for elementary grade students and 60 minutes for students in the middle grades and up. These are only averages and, because SPELL-2 is an untimed test, the actual testing time will vary across students. We recommend that the SPELL-2 assessment be administered over several sessions, each testing period lasting no more than 5-10 minutes. The investment of time to complete the assessment will ultimately save valuable time because once SPELL-2 has identified specific deficits and created an individualized instruction plan, you can zero-in and teach only what each student needs to learn.

Question: Is there any data I can access while my student is still completing the SPELL-2 test?

Answer: You can access the spellings collected by the SPELL-2 software program prior to a student finishing the test. On your hard drive, navigate to Program Files/Learning By Design/SPELL-2. Double click on the ResponseViewer icon to access the spellings collected by SPELL-2 for each student.

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