Data-Based Decision Making With Kindergarten Screening Measures

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the qualifications/training needed to administer different screening measures.
  2. learn how to determine which screening measure would best suit a school district.
  3. learn about research studies as to the predictive ability of the DIAL-4 Kindergarten screening measure.
  4. learn about the utility of kindergarten screening measures.
  5. become aware of strategies to best address some practical and empirical challenges from the use of a screener.
  6. gain an understanding of the differences between the format of common screeners as well as the skills assessed using them.


Kindergarten screeners assist in determining childrens’ readiness for learning and assist with placement in the academic setting. This paper will provide attendees with information regarding the reliability and validity of various common kindergarten screening measures. It will review specific qualities of each test and the predictive abilities across different populations of students. Additionally, data using the DIAL-4 screener as a predictor of academic achievement will be presented to further support the utility of kindergarten screening.



Lauren M. Pucci, St. John's University
Margaret C. Kammerer, St. John's University


Mark D. Terjesen, Loraine Alderman

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