Easily and efficiently screen individuals or groups for dyslexia
The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM – India is an efficient, reliable, and user-friendly dyslexia screening tool for UKG – 1 students who may be at risk for dyslexia. Created by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, a global leader in dyslexia, it emphasizes phonological, linguistic, and academic performance based on teacher observations, all in just a couple of minutes per student—as opposed to other measures which take up precious instructional time.
Features and benefits of the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen:
- Items adopted for India
- Normed for India
- Quickly and easily identifies dyslexia risk
- Developed specifically for young students
- Administration takes less than 5 minutes per student
- Allows screening of individuals or groups
- Easy to use, teacher-friendly rating scale
- Digital administration, scoring, and reporting via Q-global or via the Universal Screening application
To explain the results properly, the professional must have successfully completed formal coursework in assessment. Tests may be purchased by individuals with: A master’s degree in psychology, education, occupational therapy, social work, counselling, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments. OR Certification by or full active membership in a professional organization that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment. OR A degree or license to practice in the healthcare or allied healthcare field. OR Formal, supervised mental health, speech/language, occupational therapy, social work, counselling, and /or educational training specific to assessing children, or in infant and child development, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.
Interpreting Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM–India scores requires a higher level of qualification than completing the survey. The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM–India forms may be completed by teachers with a range of educational backgrounds, provided that they have taught the student referred for evaluation with the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM–India and have familiarity with the student’s language and academic skill levels. The trained user will take responsibility for appropriate preparation of the teachers, as needed and use of the results.
Scoring & Reporting Platforms
The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM–India is available using Q-global, Pearson’s secure web-based scoring and reporting application that is accessible from any computer connected to the Internet. Additional information regarding Q-global technical requirements can be found at www.helloq.com. Screener Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are found in the About the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen.pdf in the Q-global Resource Library.
Content & Administration
The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM–India is a digital-only product for administration, scoring, and reporting.
The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen offers two forms:
- Form 0 is for teachers of students ages 4:6 through 6:0, typically in kindergarten, and consists of 10 items.
- Form 1 is for teachers of students ages 5:6 through 7:0, typically in Grade 1, and consists of 12 items.
A teacher completing Shaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM–India is expected to rate statements regarding a student’s language and academic behaviors based on how frequently he or she demonstrates each behavior.
The results of these ratings generate individual and group reports:
- Individual Reports include student’s standard demographic information, risk level, and an interpretive statement.
- Group Reports include all students’ risk levels listed by examinee ID or Last Name.
The results of the SShaywitz DyslexiaScreenTM–India for a particular student include a simple classification of At Risk for Dyslexia or Not At Risk for Dyslexia. This classification makes it easy for professionals to interpret and communicate results.
In addition, a 1-page document entitled, “Strategies for Families and/or Caregivers” is available for students who are classified as “At Risk for Dyslexia.” This page is intended to be sent home to support families as they work on language-based skills, whether oral or written, critical for reading success.
The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen was normed as part of the Connecticut Longitudinal Study that Dr. Shaywitz began in 1983. Dr. Shaywitz continues to follow 80% of the individuals included in the Connecticut Longitudinal Study. As explained in an article by Ferrer et al. (2015), the purpose of the Connecticut Longitudinal Study was to determine if cognitive and academic differences are evident between students with dyslexia and their typically developing peers as early as first grade and if so, whether the trajectory of these differences increases or decreases from Grades 1 through 12. The sample of students was followed prospectively and longitudinally from school entry into early adulthood for the purpose of studying the development of reading, learning, and attention (Ferrer et al., 2007; Ferrer et al., 2010; Ferrer et al., 2015; Shaywitz et al., 1995; Shaywitz, Fletcher, Holahan, & Shaywitz, 1992; Shaywitz et al., 1999; Shaywitz, Shaywitz, Fletcher, & Escobar, 1990). Results indicated that the achievement gap between students with and without dyslexia is evident in first grade and persists into adolescence, providing a strong impetus for identifying young children at risk for dyslexia and beginning intervention programs as early as possible (Ferrer et al., 2015).
In addition to the original and ongoing data collection by the author, Pearson completed an additional national validation studies in 2016 and 2017 for each form to corroborate and provide further supporting evidence to the author’s data set. Detailed information about the reliability and validity of the screener can be found in the test manual.