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Fox in a Box® aligns with the Reading First Essential Elements: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. You'll gain diagnostic information through one-on-one interviews that will help you identify struggling readers and their learning needs, and monitor each child's progress on literacy benchmarks.

Subject Area and Grades

  • Literacy (Grades K–3)

Assessment Types

  • Observational
  • Diagnostic
  • Formative

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring

Delivery Formats

  • Hands-on and verbal activities
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This unique K–3 literacy assessment helps you identify strengths and areas ofopportunity for early readers and provides learning activities that go beyond right or wrong answers. It’s a valid and reliable way to measure early learners’ development in reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

Test students on all Reading First elements:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fluency

 The assessment model below shows how teachers can use Fox in a Box to guide children on their learning journey.


Use Fox in a Box to monitor student progress throughout the school year. Everything you need is included in the Fox in a Box kit.


  • Developmentally-appropriate, observational assessments
  • One-on-one assessments
  • Intervention activities available online
  • Assessment activities aligned to federal and state standards
  • Complete kit of teaching and test administration materials: Teacher’s Guide, Observation and Scoring Record, Staff Development DVD, Fox Puppet, and Activity Cards

Fox in a Box, Second Edition assessments align with federal Reading First goals, which are designed to help every child become a reader by third grade.

Teachers can download Fox in a Box, Second Edition intervention activities to provide additional instruction to students who have scored below benchmarks.

View and download Fox in a Box intervention activities »

Sample Intervention Activity:

Using developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities and interviewing techniques, Fox in a Box helps you identify individual learning needs and then use your observations to plan instruction.

Interactive materials, including a storybook and a Fox puppet, make it easy to involve students in the testing process and inspire their best performance.

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