Dyslexia Screeners: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about the the strengths, limitations, and utility of different dyslexia screeners.
  2. gain knowledge about criteria for selecting rating scale screening tools.
  3. learn how to utilize dyslexia screeners to complement more in-depth diagnostic measures to improve identification and instruction for students with dyslexia.
  4. learn about the history of dyslexia legislation and the current popularity in use of dyslexia screeners.


The increase in dyslexia legislation has resulted in the prevalence of brief behavior rating scales for identifying students at risk for severe reading problems. Are these scales effective in identifying at-risk youth? What are strengths and limitations of these measures? This presentation will provide a review and critical appraisal of brief rating scales and their utility for dyslexia screening. Best practices for using dyslexia screeners within the context of MTSS will also be addressed.



Michelle S. Storie, SUNY Oswego
Theresa M. Gillespie, Ohio State University
James McDougal, SUNY Oswego
Laurice M. Joseph, Ohio State University


Brooke Batson


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