1st Edition

Assessing Dyslexia A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding and Evaluating their Pupils’ Needs

By Gad Elbeheri, Eric Q. Tridas Copyright 2023
    94 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    94 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In today’s schools, teachers must screen and monitor for academic difficulties and are expected to use assessments to guide their instruction. Understanding the assessment of students with dyslexia gives teachers the knowledge to identify which skills need remediation, and the students’ strengths that can help them overcome their challenges. Assessing Dyslexia provides teachers with answers to questions they often have about assessment and is applicable not only to students with dyslexia but to all who struggle with reading.

    Written in accessible terms throughout, this book offers information on understanding and interpreting psychoeducational reports and approaches on how to better communicate with parents and students regarding this process. By demonstrating how to use testing to guide their teaching, this book describes the why, how and what of assessment and promotes the self-sufficiency of teachers by providing them with a clear rationale for why particular instructional strategies should be used.

    With encouragement for teachers to reflect on assessment critically and resources to expand their skill knowledge, this book provides a clear path to enhancing teachers’ practice and improving their pupils’ attainment. Assessing Dyslexia serves as a suitable reading for all teachers and represents a move from the "wait to fail" model to a test to teach approach, addressing the questions and anxieties of today’s teachers.



    Chapter One: The Nature of the Dyslexia Assessment

    • Introduction & Definition
    • Dyslexia: Prevalence & Signs
    • Importance of Dyslexia Assessment
    • Fundamentals of Dyslexia Assessment:
    • Types of Dyslexia Assessments
    • Purpose of Dyslexia Assessment

    Chapter Two: The LEFT Model: A Process for Dyslexia Assessment

    • Components of Dyslexia Assessment
    • The Rule of Fours
    • The LEFT Model

    Chapter Three: Listen

    • The Educational History
    • Behaviour and Emotional Regulation
    • Health
    • Environment

    Chapter Four: Evaluate - Teacher Assessment of Language & Literacy

    • Checklists for Teachers

    • Screening Tools for Teachers

    • Error Analysis

    • Progress Monitoring & RTI

    • Behavioural Observations

    Chapter Five: Evaluate -Understanding a Psycho-educational Evaluation Report

    • Test Types

    • Interpreting Test Results



    Chapter Six: Formulation: Putting it Altogether

    • Formulation Structure: The Rule of Fours

    • Cognitive & Processing Skills

    • Academic Achievement

    • Attention & Executive Functions

    • Behavioural & Emotional Factors

    • Health & Family Medical History Factors

    • Social & Environmental Factors


    Chapter Seven: Teach & Treat

    • Teach

    • Remediation

    • The Science of Reading: Structured Literacy

    • Assessment: Diagnostic Teaching

    • Accommodation

    • Treat

    Chapter Eight: Useful Resources





    Gad Elbeheri is the founder and chairman of Global Educational Consultants, Egypt. He is Director at Large of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and Chair of the IDA Global Partners Committee. He is also a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA).

    Eric Q. Tridas is the founder and senior partner of The Tridas Group. He is an International Dyslexia Association (IDA) representative to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) and a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Learning Disability Association of America (LDA).