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i-Ready Assessments Recommended by OSPI for Early Screening of Dyslexia


The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Dyslexia Advisory Council has evaluated and recommended i-Ready Assessment as an early screener for risk factors for dyslexia. With this approval, school districts across Washington State can use i-Ready Diagnostic to help identify students in Grades K–2 who display indications of, or areas associated with, dyslexia. Districts will be required to implement such screening in the 2021–2022 school year.

What is i-Ready Diagnostic?
i-Ready Diagnostic is part of the i-Ready Assessment suite. It is an adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with a complete picture of student performance for students at all grade levels. It:

  • Provides sub-skill data in phonological awareness, phonics, high frequency words, vocabulary, and comprehension of literature and informational text
  • Includes an emphasis on these key early literacy skills for Grades K–2, which are central to Washington’s approach to dyslexia screening:
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Phonological Awareness
    • Letter Sound Knowledge 
  • Connects data directly to instructional next steps at a skill-specific level
  • Meets OSPI’s Learning Assistance Program (LAP) data reporting guidelines

How does i-Ready Diagnostic work with offline assessment tasks in Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN)?
In addition to i-Ready Diagnostic, the i-Ready Assessment suite includes offline tasks in RAN for Grades K–2. These tasks, which are administered by educators in a one-on-one setting, allow for targeted understanding of students’ strengths and areas of concern related to automaticity.

Does i-Ready offer other early literacy screening supports?
i-Ready goes beyond state requirements by providing an additional Dyslexia Screening export that includes the i-Ready Reading Difficulty Indicator, a scientifically based indication for whether or not individual students in Grades K–2 have reading difficulties that may require further evaluation and support. Furthermore, based on the most current research on effective early literacy screening, i-Ready also offers offline tasks for oral reading fluency, which are frequently used by educators to achieve a holistic picture of a student’s reading proficiency.

To learn how i-Ready can help your early readers, contact your Washington State Implementation team using the zip code search below.

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