Turning Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones for Those With Reading Issues
There are many cases and many reasons to seek a reading assessment.
A student may be in a private school that does not perform early dyslexia assessments.
Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing 2 (CTOPP)
Gray Oral Reading Test (GORT-5)
Slosson Word ID
Test of Written Spelling
Test of Word Reading Expression (TOWRE)
and other standardized, normed assessments as needed.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF ASSESSMENT?
An average assessment battery w/ D.A.S.A. can range from 349-399 for a full evaluation and report, including tutoring targets and accommodations recomendations .
Compare our fees to others' and you may be pleasantly surprised.
We are here to help, not to exploit.
D.A.S.A. specializes in dyslexia tests (evaluations) for ages 5 through 23, with a concentration on 5-18, using nationally recognized assessments. It is important to remember that an effective assessment needs to be a combination of tests, interviews, and samples which give a complete picture of the reader's strengths and weaknesses and which measure the characteristics of dyslexia against its definitions.
Our assessment fees are competetive, and we use trained Master Reading Teachers and /or Reading Specialists/ Educational Diagnosticians for our assessments, depending on the need. An average assessment set can cost as little as 349 (cognitive testing or bilingual testing slightly more).That said, no matter where you choose to go for an assessment, you need to ask the right questions of the tester.
The first question you should ask anyone who will administer a reading or dyslexia assessment is: What training have you received to identify the characteristics of dyslexia? What training have you received in interpreting asssessments specifically for dyslexia ? You may be surprised at the answer. Texas law only stipulates that, for a child in public school, the person making the assessment "be trained". Some school use minimally-trained persons or simple screenings rather than full-fledged tests.
The second question to ask is:: What are the names and types of assessments or tests that you use? No one test can identify dyslexia and no "online test" can, either. Make sure your assessor uses the most current versions of nationally-recognized, norm-referenced tests.
A reputable company or individual will ask for report cards, classroom work samples, standardized test data, and/or writing samples. The tester will perform testing face to face, not online. Likewise, the tester needs to rule out vision or hearing issues by making sure the reader has had his or her vision and hearing screened prior to testing.
In Texas, Educational Diagnosticians, LSSPs, Reading Specialists, and Master Reading Teachers are some of the professionals from which schools or individuals may choose a tester. Beware of lay persons with unusual titles, "one screening fits all" tests, companies that have a vested interest in a certain result for entry into their "method-program", and online computerized screenings. No canned program is a replacement for a qualififed tester and research-based assessments.
To make a proper assessment- There are 8 mandatory areas of dyslexia testing according to Texas Education Agency, and D.A.S.A covers them all. Our reports detail reading levels and characteristics, the reader's strengths and weaknesses and include specific recommendations of instructional targets, classroom and/or testing accommodations for those who qualify. All reports will reference the legal definitions of dyslexia as outlined by Texas Education Agency and the International Dyslexia Association. With each report, we provide a follow-up of resources and references for knowledge and advocacy related to dyslexia. We can and will make recommendations for 504 committee follow-up.
Some schools as a matter of policy will not assess a student for dyelxia until grade 3 or higher, but by that time, the reading gap can be wide and painful. This is against Texas Education Agency recommendations as outlined in the Dyslexia Handbook( 2010).
Charter schools and any K-12 school receiving federal funding are expected to identify, assess, and assist dyslexics, yet many are unaware or understaffed in this area. We can help.
Some middle or high schools prefer not to screen for dyslexia. This is also a violation of Child Find laws and against the Texas Education Agency recommendations outlined in the Dyslexia Handbook( 2010). It is never too late to test and assist.
Dyslexia is a lifetime condition, but a person's ability to read and decode can improve drastically over time. This is why re-evaluation may be necessary for a student to continue to receive the help he or she needs.
Adults may also be assessed for characteristics of dyslexia and/or for reading levels if the tester makes the individual aware of the scope and appropriateness of a given assessment and the parameters and limits of norm-referencing for those cases.
Not all reading problems are dyslexia- but knowing the problem can be half the battle in dealing with the reading issues.
It is never too late to get help.The sooner a potential issue is discovered, the sooner a reader can be helped.
If you or a member of your family has previously been assessed for dyslexia, remember that public schools do NOT have to provide a complete re-assessment for a senior high school student... but if the student wants or needs accommodations for the SAT or college, an assessment is vital.
If the tester uncovers issues during the interview that are not related to dyslexia,but rather related to the ability to learn itself (a possible cognitive learning disability) the tester should recommend that the reader visit a clinical psychologist, or an educational psychologist and not just "gloss over" other possible issues.
Most medical insurance doesn't cover dyslexia testing, but our fees are a fraction of what you might pay elsewhere. An average assessment set is 349. Compare that to prices anywhere else in the San Antonio area, including some so-called non-profit agencies;you will be pleasantly surprised. We keep our overhead low to provide reasonable services and fees.
A clinical evaluation by a psychologist or disagnostician can expensive, as it will most likely include IQ testing. In most cases, adequate intelligence can simply be established through report cards, grades, tests of non-verbal intelligence, state standardized testing, or other venues. D.A.S.A can provide referrals for IQ testing if this is needed or can use the TONI, test of non-verbal intelligence as a base.
DASA offers a standard reading assessment set for students age 6-26 and also for adults( some restrictions apply for adult testers) A complete eval for 349 will include several of the following tests, depending on need :
Comprehenvie Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP 2)
Gray Oral Reading Test ( GORT-5)
Woodcock Reading Mastery Test or
The Slosson Word ID Test
The Test of Word Reading Expression (TOWRE)
Test of Written Spelling (TOWS) or
Kottmeyer Diagnostic Spelling Test
For a student for whom English is the second language, information can be gathered from the Spanish Version of CTOPP and/or Individual Reading Inventories in Spanish for bilingual readers of Spanish/English.
Assessmentswill take an average of 2 hours ( short breaks and snacks are included for the younger child) and the results will usually be available within one week.
An expedited service fee of $25 is charged for test reports needed within 72 hours. DASA will keep your data on file for 3 years.
Extra assessment may be necessary for limited English proficient readers, students with little supporting data such as classroom grades and/or standardized testing, and/or readers over 23 years of age.
In San Antonio, Texas, assessments can be performed at the DASA office, a public library, or your home, saving expensive overhead and passing the savings to you. A fee of .65 cents per mile is assessed for traveling out of town or more than 20 miles to conduct an assessment.
Out of town or out of state assessments may also include travel time and/or lodging costs.
Assessment fees are charged whether a person is, after testing, determined to have dyslexia or not.
Again, each assessment will include a history and characteristics of the reader, an evaluation of findings, and recommendations for instruction and accommodations if the characteristics of dyslexia are present .
DASA currently does not currently screen for dysgraphia or discalculia, but will note their characteristics in conjunction with dyslexia. Dyslexia is and will remain our concentration.
Individual, multi-sensory tutoring training may be available for individuals, schools, or small groups. Call for more info.