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Subtest Level Recommendations

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Very low (Accuracy SAS <75)

Check: Check sentence reading test score to see if there is a general literacy difficulty. Check the diagnostic test scores (auditory sequential memory, visual memory, phonological processing, phonic skills) to see if there is an underlying cognitive deficit that would be indicative of dyslexia.

Action: Use of a spellchecker / specialised word processing software is essential for this student – see page 63 of the LASS 8-11 manual. A programme to improve spelling would also be recommended – see page 60 of the LASS 8-11 manual for suitable spelling programmes.

Below average (Accuracy SAS 76-87)

Check: Check sentence reading test score to see if there is a general literacy difficulty. Check the diagnostic test scores (auditory sequential memory, visual memory, phonological processing, phonic skills) to see if there is an underlying cognitive deficit that would be indicative of dyslexia.

Action: Use of a spellchecker / specialised word processing software would be recommended for this student – see page 63 of the LASS 8-11 manual. A programme to improve spelling would also be recommended – see page 60 of the LASS 8-11 manual for suitable spelling programmes.

Slightly below average (Accuracy SAS 88-94)

Check: Check sentence reading test score to see if there is a general literacy difficulty. Check the diagnostic test scores (auditory sequential memory, visual memory, phonological processing, phonic skills) to see if there is an underlying cognitive deficit that would be indicative of dyslexia.

Action: It is suggested that spelling is regularly monitored for this student. Use of a spellchecker / specialised word processing software may be appropriate – see page 63 of the LASS 8-11 manual. A programme to improve spelling may also be appropriate – see page 60 of the LASS 8-11 manual for suitable spelling programmes.