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Why was the Reading Screening created?

The Reading Screening website was created to empower parents, teachers, and other professionals to have a broader understanding of reading, reading disabilities, phonological processing, and dyslexia. It is hoped that the Reading Screening will be very useful to parents, teachers, and professionals as they try to more fully understand the nature of their child, student, or client’s reading difficulties.

How does Reading Screening work?

The Reading Screening was designed to assess a child's reading and phonological processing abilities. It can be administered by a parent, teacher, or other professional. Each of the 14 tasks is preceded by an instruction page that briefly describes the nature of the task and administration directions. The instruction pages are easily accessible and can be referenced throughout the administration.

Upon completion of the Reading Screening, the child's performance is analyzed and a report is generated that presents the child's performance on each task and an overall score: the Global At-Risk Score (GARS). From the GARS, the child's performance is rated as At-Risk, Marginally At-Risk, or Not At-Risk.

What should I do before administering the Reading Screening?

Before administering the Reading Screening, it is strongly recommended that you read and familiarize yourself with the Sample Assessment. The Sample Assessment provides instructions and sample items that are administered in the same manner as the Reading Screening evaluation.

You should also verify that your computer meets the necessary System Requirements. It is recommended that you complete all necessary downloads prior to starting a Reading Screening evaluation.

It is also important that you prepare an appropriate testing environment. The Reading Screening evaluation should be administered in a comfortable, distraction-free environment.

How do I administer the Reading Screening?

The Reading Screening tasks are presented sequentially. Before each task, there is an instruction page that provides detailed information regarding the nature of the task and administration instructions. This page can be easily referenced throughout the task administration. This page will also indentify if the task is strictly auditory or visual. During the administration of auditory tasks, your child should not view the computer screen. On visual tasks, your child should view the computer screen and respond accordingly.

In addition, instructions are provided for each item on the Reading Screening. These instructions are provided at the top of each item page. The bold text should be read to your child. You will report your child’s performance on each item by indicating if your child’s response was “Correct” or “Incorrect.”

The Reading Screening can be paused and resumed after the completion of any task. Please remember your user name and password. You will need them to access your Reading Screening account and to resume an assessment.

Is the Reading Screening the right evaluation for me?

If you think that your child or student may have reading problems, dyslexia, or you are concerned that your child or student is not performing up to his or her ability in reading, the Reading Screening evaluation could help you.

How long does it take to administer the Reading Screening evaluation?

It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete the Reading Screening; however, the administration can be paused and resumed at any time.

How long does it take to obtain the results of the Reading Screening evaluation?

The results of the Reading Screening evaluation are available immediately after the completion of all tasks.

How do I interpret the results of the Reading Screening evaluation?

After completing the Reading Screening evaluation, click on the Summary of Assessment link. This link provides specific information regarding your child’s performance on the Reading Screening. For more detailed information regarding the interpretation of the Reading Screening, click on the Interpreting the Assessment link. If you have additional questions regarding the results of your child’s Reading Screening evaluation, please contact at (866) 588-READ (7323) or

What is a reading disability/dyslexia?

Dyslexia is defined as a learning disability marked by an inability to read well. Dyslexia essentially means difficulty reading words. Researchers have now furthered the definition to include not only reading difficulties, but impairment in areas of language development that is observed when the individual begins learning to read. These skills are measured in the Reading Screening assessment.

What is the cause of dyslexia/reading disabilities?

Researchers have identified poor phonological processing abilities as the reason some individuals have difficulty learning to read. Phonological processing refers to the ability of an individual to understand that words are comprised of sounds and that these sounds can be used as linguistic building blocks. Learning to read involves decoding text into sounds and blending those sounds to produce words. Without adequate phonological processing skills, individuals have difficulty decoding text, blending sounds, and thus, learning to read.

Are there other concerns with reading difficulties/dyslexia?

Yes. Children with reading difficulties are not just disadvantaged academically; they are likely to experience a number of other important difficulties. They are more likely to have poor self-esteem, conflict with parents, substance abuse problems, and involvement with the Juvenile Court System. As adults, they are more likely to have involvement with the Criminal Court System and to receive Public Assistance. Thus, reading difficulties are not simply an academic problem, but a social problem as well.

What is Center for the Assessment and Remediation of Reading Difficulties (CARRD)?

The CARRD is a university-based program specializing in the assessment of reading and attentional difficulties and phonological processing remediation.

What are the System Requirements for the Reading Screening?

Please refer to the System Requirements link. If you experience any problems with the Reading Screening website, please contact us at (866) 588-READ (7323 ).

I forgot my password. How can I obtain a new password?

If you do NOT remember your Reading Screening password, please visit Guest Services page.

What is the Reading Screening refund policy?

If the Reading Screening evaluation has not been started, you may obtain a full refund provided that less than 15 days have passed since enrolling your child. You may also request to transfer your enrollment from one child to another child. However, no refund or transfers are allowed once an assessment has been started.

To request a refund or transfer an assessment, send an email message to detailing your request.

How can I learn more about the Reading Screening?

If you would like additional information about the Reading Screening Evaluation, please use the Comments/Questions form or send an email to