Considerations in Universal Screening

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Behavioral Considerations in Universal Screening

Considerations in Universal Screening

Screening assessments are...

  • Easy to administer
  • Reliable and valid
  • Timely and informative

They can help capture each child’s reading and language strengths and weaknesses in key early stages of development.

Screening appears to be most successful when:

Suggested Citation

National Center on Improving Literacy (2019). Considerations in universal screening. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Special Education Programs, National Center on Improving Literacy. Retrieved from


Petscher, Y., Fien, H., Stanley, C., Gearin, B., Gaab, N., Fletcher, J.M., & Johnson, E. (2019). Screening for Dyslexia. Retrieved from

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