This session reports on the predictive accuracy of kindergarten screening tests and teacher ratings in identifying students who fail in reading by the end of the fourth grade. The kindergarten test includes precursors to reading development: phonological awareness, letter and sound recognition, word identification, vocabulary, and syntax. The teacher rating scale consists of ten statements mirroring skills tested in the screening battery. The question of interest is whether teachers, tests, or a combination are the best predictors of later achievement.
ASSESSMENT: Recognize the critical roles of parents and early educators in the recognition of early signs of language learning difficulties in young children and identify potential strategies and approaches to respond.
READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Examine the effect of age and method of instruction on the development of early literacy.
READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Outline the critical components for proficient reading including language development, phonological awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.