Dyslexia Screening Versus Evaluation: The Why, When, and How

Presented by Carrie Thomas Beck

Numerous states now have legislation that requires early screening for risk factors of dyslexia. Many educators and parents often misunderstand the purpose of screening and what the results can and can’t tell us. This presentation will outline the differences between dyslexia screening vs. comprehensive evaluation. Participants will learn the purpose of each type of assessment, when it is appropriate to use, and key components, such as areas to be assessed and typical measures, to include in each.

Conference registration required.


Session Objectives

  • Participants will understand the purpose of dyslexia screening versus comprehensive evaluation.
  • Participants will learn when it is appropriate to consider conducting a formal evaluation for specific learning disabilities/dyslexia.
  • Participants will describe the recommended measures for dyslexia screening and the areas to assess as part of a formal dyslexia evaluation.

More about the speaker

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck is CORE’s Director of Literacy. She came to CORE after working four years as the Dyslexia Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). In 2019, Carrie received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to recognize her contribution to improving outcomes for students with dyslexia in Oregon. Prior to joining the Department, Carrie worked as a Research Associate in the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of Oregon for ten years. Carrie developed and directed the CTL Reading Clinic at the university from 2008 through 2013. She also led the development of a reading endorsement program at the university and taught literacy courses in the College of Education.