Early Literacy Screener FAQ
If your child’s teacher shares your child's reading level and discusses that your child will be receiving additional support in reading, or information about dyslexia - please don't panic.
The Peninsula School District is following a new early literacy law designed to help students early on, before reading difficulties grow into bigger problems. Please read below to learn more and address frequently asked questions.
Understanding the Early Literacy Screening Process: Parents and Families
Since the 2021-22 school year, Washington State requires each school district to screen students in grades K-2 for weaknesses in literacy skill development that may be associated with dyslexia. PSD assesses all students grades K-5.
Click here for information on Literacy Screening and Dyslexia from OSPI
Click here for the OSPI Screening and Dyslexia Resources page with information for educators and for families, in multiple languages.
- What is a screener?
- Why is my child being screened?
- Does the screener diagnose dyslexia?
- What does it mean to have "reading difficulties that may be associated with dyslexia"?
- Does difficulty in these areas mean my child has dyslexia?
- What kind of help can my child get?
- What assessments does PSD use as a literacy screener?
- When will students be assessed with the literacy screener?
Educational Service Center
14015 62nd Avenue NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
P: (253) 530-1000
Who do I contact?
Reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions about their reading progress.
Resources for Families
PSD is anchoring its approach to serving the needs of students with dyslexia in the following bodies of work:
- Understanding the needs and research based practices associated with Dyslexia
- Establishing, maintaining and reviewing a Comprehensive Literacy Program
- Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
- Inclusionary Practices
- Additional Resources