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Reading is the gateway skill to learning. You need to learn about reading difficulties and disabilities, like dyslexia, and find out how reading is assessed.

Find out about:

  • Reading skills
  • Tests that are used to measure reading skills
  • Answers to questions about reading tests

A reading assessment is the first step in identifying your child’s problems and developing solutions so he can improve his reading.

Click on the pop-up box to learn the IDEA requirements for evaluations.

Find the answers to your questions and the federal law or regulations that support these answers.

Get a list of additional resources.

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Special Factors in IEPs. Find what special factors need to be considered by the IEP team, how the IEP must address these factors, and learn what the federal law and regulations require.

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  1. Children with IQ’s in the 70’s typically do not qualify for special education because they do not have a discrepancy between ability and achievement or they have a flat cognitive profile. I feel this article is misleading that these children can qualify for special education.

    • Hello Sheila,
      Just reading this post and I agree. If a child has standard scores in the 70s on language assessments they can qualify for speech/language services and Speech Language IS Special Education. 🙂

      • Unfortunately this is not the case everywhere. Frequently where I am, children do not get speech services if their language scores are in the 70’s and commensurate with their IQ scores in the 70’s (even though ASHA specifically states that cognitive referencing should not be used when determining eligibility). It’s frustrating when the SLP says the child does not have a language disorder and is doing the best he or she can.

  2. Are there age and topic appropriate books/articles available for older kids who read at a third grade level? The books that my son can read are very juvenile mostly about baby animals or trucks etc. He isn’t interested in the topics available. Any idea where we can find books more suited to his interests, but at a third grade level?

    • You can always check your local library and you can also check your local bookstore for these books. Also If you search online most books give you the age range so that should help you in your search for books for your son.

    • Hi Bonnie, If you Google Hi-lo or High/Low books, many sites will come up that sell books with high interest and low readability. These books have more mature topics written with simpler texts. Additionally, sites like Newsela offer articles with topics presented in a broad range of lexiles/reading levels.

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