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Management System & Reports

Learn About the Scholastic Achievement Manager (SAM)

Scholastic Phonics Inventory data is managed in the Scholastic Achievement Manager (SAM), the data backbone for Scholastic's Enterprise Edition reading and math programs and assessments. SAM features powerful reports with actionable data for screening, placement, and progress monitoring.

From Scholastic Achievement Manager™ (SAM), educators can access five classroom and multi-classroom reports for Scholastic Phonics Inventory as well as letters for the home.

Scholastic Phonics Inventory Screening and Placement ReportThe Screening and Placement Report provides teachers with baseline performance and specific placement guidelines. This report shows students' Lexile® levels when available.

Scholastic Phonics Inventory Summary Progress ReportThe Summary Progress Report shows the decoding skill levels for all students on the three tests of SPI.

Scholastic Phonics Inventory Student Progress ReportThe Student Progress Report features SPI data specific to a single student and is useful for child-study meetings and parent conferences.

Scholastic Phonics Inventory District/School Status ReportThe District/School Status Reports are scalable leadership management reports that provide a snapshot view of reading proficiency on the school or classroom level.

Scholastic Phonics Inventory District/School Growth ReportDistrict/School Growth Report is a progress monitoring leadership report that depicts the growth over time by school or classroom.

Scholastic Phonics Inventory Home LettersHome Letters keep parents and guardians in touch with students’ progress. These letters are found in the SAM Resources section of Scholastic Phonics Inventory.



Traditionally, educators have relied on print-based assessments to determine if students were proficient decoders. These assessments are usually administered on a one-on-one basis. While highly validated, these assessments are time consuming and require extensive training for the test’s administrator and scorer.

Thus, the benefits of the Scholastic Phonics Inventory are clear:

  • A computer-based assessment is designed for fast, efficient administration; most students will complete the tests in under 10 minutes.
  • Assessment on technology is fast. No need for scheduling, pulling out of the classroom, and calling attention to the student’s individual assessment needs.
  • Automated scoring virtually eliminates scoring error.
  • Unintentional bias due to regional or cultural disparities between administrator and test taker are lessened when using the computer to test student response and not their vocal production.
  • Rater reliability is low for orally presented tests; SPI overcomes the issue of testing consistency through computer technology.