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Early dyslexia screening is key for student success

With 1 in 5 people displaying symptoms of dyslexia, a language-based reading disorder, there is a critical need for early screening and intervention. Studies have shown that early detection of dyslexia can greatly improve a student’s success, but many schools don’t have a screening protocol in place. The partnership of aimsweb™Plus and Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen™ puts the power of reliable and efficient dyslexia screening directly into the hands of the educators, enabling them to not only identify an issue early on, but giving them the tools to enhance their students’ success!


Introducing aimswebPlus and Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen

Many states now require dyslexia screening for young students. Schools need quick, valid, reliable, and cost-effective tools to find students who may be at risk for dyslexia. Early intervention is crucial for success in later grades.

aimswebPlus and the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen are both included on the list of suggested universal screening tools by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen on aimswebPlus

Take a step-by-step walk through of the aimswebPlus platform to see the integration of this new dyslexia screening tool by Dr. Sally Shaywitz with this well-known reading and math benchmark and progress monitoring system.

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More Powerful Together

aimswebPlus is a leading research-based screening, progress monitoring, and data management solution for foundational K–8 math and reading skills. It was designed by educational experts and provides reliable, predictive data to inform instruction.

With aimswebPlus, schools can identify and group at-risk students, monitor and report student progress, and predict high-stakes testing success.

The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen offers an evidence-based, teacher-friendly observational rating scale for grades K–3. Each rating takes less than five minutes to complete per student. It is intended for mass screenings to sort students quickly—those at risk and those not at risk for dyslexia.


  • Documentation of educator ratings and concerns that show evidence of dyslexia risk status
  • Valid, reliable, norm-based student performance ratings that support educator observations
  • Multiple measures, which support best practice in screening and assessment
  • Ability to universally screen, identify risk, progress monitor, and report results in one seamless system

How Do I Use These Two Tools Together?

Option 1: Targeted Screening

Screen all K–3 students with the aimswebPlus benchmark early literacy assessments to flag students at one or more risk levels for reading failure. Next, follow up by using the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen for those students identified as at risk.

Option 2: Universal Screening

Administer aimswebPlus early literacy battery. Six to eight weeks after the beginning of the school year, complete the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen on all students.

Administration, scoring, and reporting are completed on the secure aimswebPlus platform. Individual and Class/Group Reports document student performance, teacher observations, and summarize student risk levels in a convenient, easy-to-read format.


After the Screening: What’s Next?

Review data sets for direction on next steps for intervention and/or instructional planning for all students, especially those at risk for reading failure. Or, support those students at risk for dyslexia with further assessment tasks. A ready-to-use handout gives parents/caregivers ideas for supporting students at risk outside school.

Easily and efficiently screen individuals or groups for dyslexia

The Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen is an efficient, reliable, and teacher-friendly dyslexia screening tool for groups or individual K‐3 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.

Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen info

Dyslexia resources for educators

Up to 1 in 5 people exhibit symptoms of dyslexia, a very common language-based reading disorder. Although developing and implementing an evidence-based assessment and intervention plan is crucial, very often the most important factor is early identification.

Recent educational legislature has brought about a need for more information about the condition and ways for educators to screen for at-risk students. Take some time to explore these helpful dyslexia resources, and please feel free to share them with your colleagues!


Dyslexia Resources Website


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