Reading Screening Resources
Ready to Read
AACPS is required by law to screen students in kindergarten through grade 3 for reading difficulties. AACPS uses DIBELS 8th Edition for grades K-2 and iReady Diagnostic screener for grade 3 to screen for early literacy skills. Families will receive a report containing the screening results. Please use the links below to access podcasts that explain how to read and understand the screening results for the DIBELS 8th Edition report and the iReady Diagnostic report.
Kindergarten Through Grade 2
Two curricular pathways are available to students in grades K-2 based on data from DIBELS 8th Edition screening of early literacy skills: F&P Phonics, Spelling and Word Study and Wilson Fundations. By providing two pathways, students access differentiated instruction to meet their unique needs. Thus allowing equitable access for all students to meet the common core state standards.
Students engage in learning phonics and word analysis strategies to foster growth in reading and writing. This systematic curriculum focuses on the building blocks of written language. The program teaches students to use sounds, letters, and words in reading and writing. Students receive direct instruction from the teacher and have time to apply the skills independently and in small groups.
Fundations uses a multisensory structured literacy approach to teaching foundational reading and spelling skills.This systematic curriculum teaches accuracy of decoding, spelling, and handwriting in a carefully integrated and scaffolded sequence. Students engage in lessons that build on previously taught skills. The program teaches students to use sounds, letters, and words in reading and writing. Students receive direct instruction from the teacher in a whole or small group setting.
iReady Tools For Instruction Phonics Lessons
Students who are identified as at-risk according to the iReady Diagnostic screener will participate in one of the following programs:
AACPS monitors student progress to ensure students make adequate growth. All programs have built-in opportunities for teachers to monitor student growth and progress.
AACPS screens students in accordance with the Ready to Read Act. All kindergarten students are screened three times per year. Students demonstrating difficulty mastering grade-level reading in first and second grades are screened three times per year. This aligns with the recommendations of the DIBELS 8th Edition screener.
All third-grade students in AACPS are screened using the iReady Diagnostic at the beginning of the school year.