Reading: A Diagnostic Pathway

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

If the pupil scores less than 85 on NGRT, use the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC) test 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, it is suggested that you 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.