Reading: A Diagnostic Pathway

Use New Group Reading Test (NGRT) termly to assess pupils' reading strengths and weaknesses.

If the pupil scores less than 85 on NGRT, use York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) to further diagnose reading difficulties including reading accuracy, comprehension and rate. 

If there is a significant difference between sentence completion and passage comprehension in NGRT, screen for dyslexic tendencies using Rapid (ages 4-15), CoPS (ages 4-7) or LASS (ages 8-15).

If further concerns remain, use a more detailed approach

Possible Root Issue Assessment Tool to Explore
Phonological awareness Phonological Assessment Battery (PhAB)
Receptive language British Picture Vocabulary Scale (BPVS)
Speech and language WellComm Early Years or WellComm Primary
Phonological skills, alphabetical knowledge and word reading York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) Early Reading


All assessments to be used to inform teaching and learning choices. 

If appropriate refer to specialist services to further explore identification of dyslexia.