This toolkit helps educators understand what universal screening for dyslexia risk is, how it works, and what to consider when choosing a dyslexia risk screener.
You will learn:
- What school-based universal screening is and why it’s important
- How universal screening for dyslexia risk works
- Important considerations for choosing a dyslexia risk screener
This toolkit includes:
- Online tutorial
- Downloadable research briefs and infographics
- Supporting videos, resources, and tools
In this tutorial, you will learn about what school-based universal screening is and why it’s important. The difference between universal screening for risk of dyslexia and identifying students with dyslexia will be discussed. You will also learn how universal screening for dyslexia risk works, and important considerations for choosing a dyslexia risk screener.
School-based Universal Screening
Explore these resources to learn more about the school-based universal screening concepts mentioned in the online tutorial.
Assessment is a process of collecting information. Screening is an assessment process that helps teachers identify students who are at risk for not meeting grade-level learning goals.
Screening for Dyslexia Risk
Use this collection of resources to build your knowledge about screening for dyslexia risk.
Watch this short video, featuring John Gabrieli, Ph.D., on the importance of early screening.
Screening assessments can help capture each child’s reading and language strengths and weaknesses in key early stages of development.
Selecting a Screener
Learn more about the key qualities of a screener with these resources.
Watch this short video, featuring Jack Fletcher, Ph.D., about how screening help teachers.
Reliability is the consistency of a set of scores that are designed to measure the same thing. Reliability is a statistical property of scores that must be demonstrated rather than assumed.
Validity is broadly defined as how well something measures what it’s supposed to measure. The reliability and validity of scores from assessments are two concepts that are closely knit together and feed into each other.
Classification accuracy is a key characteristic of screening tools. A goal in classification accuracy is to correctly identify issues that result in a later problem and situations in which the scores identify issues that do not result in a later problem.
Watch this short video, featuring Jack Fletcher, Ph.D., about the importance of an accurate screening tool.
Three Tools for Your School
Use our state map to check state screening recommendations or requirements, review the screening tools chart for comparisons of screening tools, and find more in-depth information in our white paper.
Explore dyslexia legislation and related initiatives in your state with this interactive map. Read an overview of legislation, requirements, and initiatives that discus dyslexia in K-12 settings.
This chart, by the National Center on Intensive Interventions, identifies screening tools by content area and rates each tool based on classification accuracy, generalizability, reliability, validity, disaggregated data for diverse populations, and efficiency.
This paper aims to provide an overview and some insight into what is known about screening for dyslexia. Section I provides a brief overview of “what is dyslexia” and the importance of screening for dyslexia risk. In Section II of this paper, we discuss the neurological and behavioral aspects relevant to dyslexia as well as the emerging research in both areas. Section III provides a robust presentation of viewpoints and considerations for best practices in behavioral screening.
The research reported here is funded by awards to the National Center on Improving Literacy from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, in partnership with the Office of Special Education Programs (Award #: S283D160003). The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of OESE, OSEP, or the U.S. Department of Education. Copyright © 2023 National Center on Improving Literacy. https://improvingliterarcy.org