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Tests & Assessments Pop-Up

Assessing Reading Difficulties and Disabilities

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 box to see answers to the questions, federal law or regulations that support these answers, and additional resources.
1. The school wants to do a screening test of my child's reading. What is a screening test? 2. Can you test a child for dyslexia? 3. I'm concerned about my child's reading. What should we know about reading skills? 4. What tests measure reading?
5. What is phonological processing? 6. My child is a slow reader. Are there tests that measure fluency and comprehension?

7. My son's teacher says he will read when he is ready. Do reading test scores improve when a child matures?

8. My son is in the second grade and cannot read. How can he get an average score on the Woodcock-Johnson when he can't read?
9. My first-grade son struggles to read. How can his Reading Inventory scores be in the average range? 10.My child has an IQ of 75 (5th percentile). On reading tests, he earns scores in the 70s. His team says that is the best we can expect. Is this true? 11. My child has autism. What do we need to know about evaluating his reading? 12. How can you assess the reading skills of a nonverbal child?

Additional Resources

IDEA 2004

Reading at Wrightslaw

What Reading Tests Measure...and Don't Measure

Guidance Publication on Educating Students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia


Tests & Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate, and Attorney

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