Screening Tools

The screening tools on the Get Ready to Read! website are short assessments designed to give a “snapshot” of the skills a child has at a given point in time. They should be used to decide whether or not to take specific actions such as introduce new skills to a child, offer additional instruction, practice, or support, or consider more targeted screening or assessment.

The Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool
This tool was designed to be used by parents and early education providers with children in the year before they enter kindergarten. It measures these key early literacy skills: print knowledge, linguistic awareness, and emergent writing.

The Early Learning Observation Rating Scale
This tool helps teachers and parents gather and share information about young children with specific attention to characteristics that might be early signs of learning disabilities. It focuses on children’s overall learning progress in seven important developmental domains: perceptual and motor, self-management, social and emotional, early math, early literacy, receptive language, expressive language.

Many children struggle with learning new skills at some point during their development. Most will catch up with a little bit of extra practice and individual attention. If you are concerned about a child, the bottom line is: don't wait. Parents, guardians, child care providers, and early childhood educators should capture and share their concerns. It’s never too early to help a child find success in learning!
 

Suggested Tip!

Be Ready for Reading

Bring a book to your child’s next doctor’s appointment to ease the wait.  And, leave a book where you keep your reusable shopping bags to make the shopping cart a rolling reading room
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