Early Literacy Screening Assessments
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Approved Literacy Screening Assessments
Looking for the Universal Screening Assessment Guidance document? It is currently being revised and updated for the 2021 school year. The updated Guidance will be available on this page on or before May 21, 2021.
The Department requested proposals from assessment publishers and reviewed submitted assessments according to detailed criteria. After careful review, the following literacy screening assessments were approved:1
Master Service Agreement
Certain approved screening assessments were added to a Master Service Agreement (MSA). The Master Service Agreement streamlines the method by which districts may purchase the assessments and training. All of the approved screening assessments, with the exception of University of Oregon's DIBELS 8th edition and NCS Pearson aimswebPlus, are on the state MSA. If you are interested in purchasing an approved screening assessment for your school or district, contact Nechama.D.Goldberg@mass.gov for assistance.
** Please note that DIBELS 8th edition and NCS Pearson aimswebPlus are not included on the Master Service Agreement. Districts/schools wishing to purchase DIBELS 8th edition or NCS Pearson aimswebPlus can independently contract with the publisher.
FY2022 Early Literacy Screening Assessment and Professional Development Grant Available Now
The Department invites schools serving students in grades K–2 to apply for funding to purchase a valid, reliable early literacy screening assessment. Grant funding is available to fully fund the purchase of an approved assessment, as well as training and support for teachers. Grant proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2021. Details are available at FY2022 Fund Code 576: Early Literacy Screening Assessment.
Information for Vendors
The bid seeking vendors to provide early literacy screening tools remains open for submissions until 12/31/2021.
Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our office is not responsible for and does not in any way guarantee the accuracy of information in other sites accessible through links herein. DESE may supplement this list with other services and products that meet the specified criteria. For more information contact: Tracey.J.Martineau@mass.gov or 413-519-8426.
1 This is not an inclusive list of all high-quality literacy screening assessments. Screening assessment proposals are reviewed upon receipt.
Last Updated: May 14, 2021