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Ready to Read Assessment and Screener

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KCPS Ready to Read Act Implementation 2022-2023

Kent County Public Schools in accordance with the Ready to Read Act will screen our Kindergarten students and any students that have not been previously screened for reading difficulties.  This will ensure we are providing our students with an optimal education in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency, so they can become successful readers!
What is the Ready to Read Act?
All KCPS students must be screened, by law for reading difficulties so we can then create the necessary pathways for students that are displaying difficulties.

KCPS Screener: 
What: MAP Reading Fluency Dyslexia Screener
When: Students will be screened 3 times per year.
Who: Kindergarten students and any student not previously screened in K. 
What does this screener identify?
This screener looks at possible difficulties in the areas of phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.  
What will we do if a child is identified as having possible reading difficulties?
You will be notified within 30 days of the screener if your child has been identified as having possible reading difficulties. 

Please be aware that this does not mean your child has been diagnosed with reading difficulties or dyslexia. This is an indication for us to monitor your child’s progress in reading and to ensure we are addressing skill gaps. 
1. Provide student with tier 2 intervention strategies and supplemental instruction along with their tier 1 instruction. Progress monitoring will take place and determine next steps. 
2. Provide student with tier 3 intervention strategies and supplemental instruction if deemed necessary through progress monitoring data along with tier 1 instruction. Progress monitoring will take place throughout.  
3. Parents will be given progress monitoring data (at least) quarterly, so they can be kept up to date with their child’s progress. 

What does supplemental instruction look like?
Supplemental instruction is instruction beyond what is being offered in a student’s tier 1 programming. This will look different for each student. Supplemental instruction can be a combination of small group instruction, working with a tutor or interventionist or even on a tech-based program. Each form of supplemental instruction will provide practice and support in a specific area of need for your child. 
Can I look for signs of reading difficulties at home?
This checklist of early warning signs is available for download below