Special educational needs screening

LASS 11-15 also provides schools with a straightforward screening system for special educational needs, which can be an adjunct to routine assessment or used at any time between the ages of 11:0 and 15:11. When used for this purpose, students who gain low scores on any of the routine profiling modules (Reasoning, Single Word Reading, Sentence Reading and Spelling) or who display a significant discrepancy between their scores on Reasoning compared with their score(s) on Single Word Reading, Sentence Reading or Spelling, would automatically be administered the diagnostic modules. The procedure then becomes the same as for diagnosis and assessment of specific learning difficulties and dyslexia (see below). Details of calculating discrepancy and determining thresholds for low scores are provided later in this section.