Go PAST Phoneme Segmentation

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,3
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Session 4: Assessment and Intervention in an RTI Framework

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. examine the results of a mixed methods research study that evaluated the clinical utility of the Phonological Awareness Screening Test (PAST) as a dyslexia screener in relation to the widely used DIBELS PSF.
  2. explore the various levels and indicators of phonological awareness development.
  3. learn phonological awareness assessment methods that school psychologists can utilize as data collection methods to implement and evaluate services that support academic skill development in children, in accordance with the new 2020 NASP Practice Model.


With dyslexia emerging as a policy priority in education, many states now mandate universal reading screening systems. This paper presentation describes a mixed methods study that investigated the screening measures of DIBELS PSF and the PAST, with the goal of determining a universal reading screener that adequately assesses phonemic awareness and has clinical utility. Implications and suggestions for practitioners conducting universal reading screenings and the subsequent reading instruction will be explored.



Stephanie L. Corcoran, UAB


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