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I was a first grade teacher for 31 years and for the last two years have been a Reading Coordinator for our school. I am very aware of the importance of good diagnostics to determine the reading levels of children. We have been involved with the development of the Reading Screening system for a number of years and have found it to be extremely useful in identifying children who are in need of interventions to prevent reading difficulties. It has been a tremendously useful tool.

—Valarie Susan Tims, First Grade Teacher/Reading Coordinator

As an elementary principal, I am constantly looking for ways to determine if children are at risk for dyslexia. Early intervention is very important in helping the student to perform at his or her potential. The Reading Screening system has been a very valuable resource for us. We have been quite happy with not only the accuracy, but also the helpful suggestions on how to help our children become better readers. Many reading assessments provide you with a child’s general grade level placement. The Reading Screening system provides clinical, prescriptive feedback. This allows instruction to focus on specific weaknesses and allows us to choose specific materials and instruction that will address the reading weakness. I have been very pleased with the children’s reading growth and would recommend the Reading Screening system.

—Dan Duling, Principal

Based on my twenty-seven (27) years of K-12 public education experience, I have witnessed firsthand the difficulties students experience if they have reading difficulties. Reading is considered the building block upon which the foundation of our educational systems are based. It is a problem which compounds itself as the students advance through the educational system. This negative relationship between reading difficulties and success at school has been sustained in a myriad of research studies. Often students who experience difficulty reading will find an outlet for their frustration in disruptive behaviors and stand a one in three chance of not successfully completing high school.

The great opportunity which Reading Screening affords the students is early identification of factors which can interfere with a child learning to read. With knowledge of these factors, interventions can be identified and implemented to address areas in need of attention. Reading Screening is grounded in research based and time tested principles. It has a proven record of being effective in helping students learn to read. That is why I am excited about the program and highly recommend it.

—Chris Christman, Former Superintendent, Currently Chair of Special Services and Leadership Studies Pittsburg State University

After the most exhaustive one-on-one interventions with our struggling readers, which included the national first grade reading initiative, Reading Recovery, we began to observe yet another persistent percentage of children for whom the phonics and word attack strategies, were still not effective. Out of a growing frustration of being ineffectual with our most serious non-readers, we were referred to The Center for the Assessment and Remediation of Reading Difficulties, CARRD, established by Dr. David Hurford, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. We were surprised to find the research-based reading remediation clinic in our own region, as many teachers in our district have completed graduate degrees at Pittsburg State University, but were unaware of CARRD.

We became associated with Dr. David Hurford and his team of graduate students that had devised a "Phonological Discrimination" screening assessment and subsequent remediation at the sensory discriminate level. Our district was piloted for a mass screening of all our Kindergarten through grade 5 students, approximately 1200 students. In a "swat team" approach, Dr. Hurford’s teams came into our schools and assessed all students, readers and nonreaders, and compiled data into an evaluative report that became a part of an evaluation matrix for each child. In addition to the DRA Development Reading Assessment and standardized norm-referenced reading tests, for children not reading or reading two grade-level equivalents below, the Hurford Phonological-Discrimination Screening instrument provided specific information about verbal and preverbal deficits in each child’s language, hearing and reading development. With sound (phoneme) discrimination errors identified, a child at any age has a better chance at being remediated for their reading development. The Phonological Discrimination screen has provided an important piece to the reading difficulty and remediation puzzle. We have anxiously awaited this online version to be available to our reading specialists and students. We can enthusiastically endorse the use of the Reading Screening assessment and would be available to offer further comments as to how we benefited from its use with our students.

—Christi Peterson, Assistant Superintendent, Nevada R-5 School District