Developmental Reading Assessment | Third Edition

DRA3 provides educators and their classrooms a criterion-based, authentic benchmark/interim assessment evaluating student reading level and reading behaviors in Kindergarten through Grade 8. DRA3 determines independent or instructional levels on reading engagement, oral reading fluency, and reading comprehension. For struggling readers, DRA3 helps create instructional groupings and informs instructional practice through progress monitoring and targeted skill-based interventions. The DRA3 Word Analysis is a collection of brief structured literacy assessment tasks with scripted lessons for instruction. The DRA3 is the most current version of the DRA. See our Guidance on using this assessment remotely.
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DRA3 Grades K-3 Benchmark Books Subscription 1 Year (Digital)
A103000232504 Qualification Level A

Includes teacher license for 2022–2023 academic year to access digital benchmark books; prior kit purchase required for administration and scoring




Publication date:
Age range:
Grades K-8
Qualification level:


Completion time:
Variable, depending on book and student
Scoring options:

Manual or online

Rate and Accuracy Charts included for all levels
System requirements:

DRA3 can be used on a laptop, desktop, or tablet. Mac recommendations: Safari or Chrome. PC recommendations: Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Remote learning guidance

Product Details

The DRA3 combines three decades of teacher input with the latest research to validate the well-known observational reading assessment of individual student reading behaviors in the classroom.

With DRA3, teachers can: 

Determine each student's independent or instructional reading level with an evaluation of three components of reading using the Benchmark Assessment: reading engagement, oral reading fluency, and reading comprehension. 

  • Quickly identify students' instructional needs to create a plan documenting what each student needs to learn next with the Focus for Instruction. Once the assessment is complete, teachers can use this information to differentiate instruction and create instructional groups. 
  • As appropriate, a teacher can obtain more in-depth information for an individual student with DRA Word Analysis. This diagnostic assessment provides educators with a systematic means to observe how struggling and emerging readers attend to and work with various components of spoken and written words. 
  • Observe how the student is growing by using the Progress Monitoring Assessment—and run convenient reports to show that growth to parents/caregivers and school leaders!  

DRA3's instructional guidance helps reading teachers interpret DRA3 scores and use them to improve classroom instruction. Allowing comparisons to other familiar leveling systems and with the help of the Focus for Instruction and Moving into Instruction components, teachers can build customized lesson plans based on DRA3 scores.

Most importantly, the DRA3 provides clear decision points for efficient and appropriate use of DRA3 Benchmark Assessment with the additional Word Analysis resource for struggling readers and/or the Progress Monitoring Assessment.

The DRA3 has many updates from the previous version: 

  • More than 100 fiction and nonfiction books to provide your students ample choices and more stories for each reading level 
  • A screener to quickly estimate reading levels and where to begin instruction before you begin testing or for new students entering a school or district. Learn more about the Level Estimator
  • Teacher Observation Guides (record forms) to facilitate easier recording and efficient assigning of scores 
  • Teacher Guides to ensure important administration procedures, decision points, and other information are all easier to find, understand, and implement with fidelity 
  • Updated Reading Comprehension scoring criteria 
  • Reading Engagement as an optional component of Benchmark Assessment 
  • An online platform of all complementary training resources and related content for instruction and intervention 

Go Digital with DRA3 

  • Allows professionals to assess, score, report, access, and maintain student records all in one place through DRA3's online platform  View the platform! 
  • Provides educators data entry and administration in a new browser-based solution that can be used on any compatible device (e.g., laptop, desktop or tablet) 
  • Offers expanded reporting options beyond those available from a paper-only assessment 
  • Easily captures, stores, and reports DRA3 student data at the student, class, school, district, or even state level 
  • Digital books available! If you want to use the books on a computer or screen with individual, small group, or full classroom options, you can. Digital book features (e.g., annotation) make the books come alive!  

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Keystone/ATP Merge FAQs

Will my same Keystone login credentials work on the new ATP platform?

No, you will receive a welcome email from the new ATP platform with your first-time login credentials. Using the information and link provided, you will need to reset your password.

Will all my account information be transferred (schools, users, licenses, students, etc.)?

All the same functionalities will continue to be available, but some buttons/selections may be in a different area of the screen or perhaps be a different color.

The testing experience will be nearly identical, but the administrative tasks will be a little different as they will now match the ATP platform model. This will ensure consistency across all the products.

What if we were in the middle of a test?

Testing and data updates for DRA™3, EDL™2, and/or WriteToLearn™ will be unavailable July 15–31 to prevent interrupted testing or data loss as we transition to the new platform.

Please be sure to schedule your testing to conclude before July 15 or postpone starting any tests until August 1. We thank you for your cooperation with this scheduling.

I think something’s wrong with my account. Whom should I contact for help?

Please contact our Clinical Customer Support  team by web form or by calling 1-800-328-5999. Representatives are available from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

On ATP, will there be a change in the way I order?

There will be no change for NNAT3 and/or TELL customers – orders will continue to be placed directly on the ATP platform

For DRA3, EDL3 and WTL customers, you will now get to place your orders directly from your account on the ATP platform and enjoy instantaneous provisioning of your online licenses. We’ll provide training videos to walk you through this new process.

What does the ATP site look like?

We’re preparing training videos to provide step-by-step instructions for navigating the changes. We’ll post these as soon as they’re available.



The following events are available for DRA-3.