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This webinar shares information about Early Literacy Screening and highlights the connections to the Massachusetts Dyslexia Guidelines.
Strong Start Webinar Connecting Early Literacy Screening with the MA Dyslexia Guidelines, June 23, 2021
Strong Start Webinar Connecting Early Literacy Screening with the MA Dyslexia Guidelines, August 17, 2021
Early Literacy Universal Screening Assessment Guidance — describes the purpose of universal screening and DESE's process for reviewing, piloting, and approving screening assessments
Early Literacy Approved Screening Assessments At-a-Glance —key information about each approved screener to support Massachusetts educators in selecting a screening assessment that best fits local needs
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
Curriculum Associates iReady
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Amira
Illuminate FastBridge: the following assessments are bundled:
Adaptive Reading (aReading)
Istation Indicators of Progress (ISIP)
NCS Pearson aimswebPlus
NWEA MAP Growth
Renaissance STAR Reading (Early Literacy, Reading and CBM)
Riverside Insights easyCBM
University of Oregon DIBELS 8th edition**
Voyager Sopris Learning Acadience Reading
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.
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: September 22, 2021
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Disclaimer: A 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.