• To select an early literacy screening tool, for implementation fall 2021, as per state legislation.
  • To design an implementation and training plan for the early literacy screening tool selected.
  • To establish where and how the tool fits within a multi-tiered system of support.

Basis for Establishment:

  • In 2018-19 a district advisory committee formed and met to develop a shared understanding of Dyslexia and examine practices to support students with Dyslexia and their families.
  • Washington state legislation established a requirement for districts to select & implement an early literacy screener, with implementation by fall 2021, and use within the district’s multi-tiered system of support.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Advisory will utilize processes of consensus and input/feedback, with clear communication to members and staff regarding the work.
  • The work will be consultative with the Department of Teaching and Learning.
  • The group will be a recommending body to the deputy superintendent and the superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • February – Form Steering Team to establish a process for selection of early literacy screening tool.
  • March – Review state criteria and results; establish local criteria; form review team.
  • April – Build common understanding among review team members on early literacy skills, dyslexia, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and refine district screening tool; review programs that meet minimum requirements of district screener; seek feedback from stakeholder groups.
  • May/June – Staff development and trial opportunities.
  • June – Communication to all related staff & families on the overview of the law, purpose, process, and outcome; staff training on early literacy skill development.
  • August – Training, implementation, and use.


  • Heather Dowd, Kindergarten Teacher, Carl Cozier
  • Alexandra Delanty, First Grade Teacher, Cordata
  • Tiffany Knudsen-Zowoysky, Second Grade Teacher, Parkview
  • Yvonne Doyle, Title I Reading Teacher, Birchwood
  • Melissa Peterson, Title I Reading Teacher, Roosevelt
  • Molly Lynch, Special Education, Resource Room Teacher
  • Kayla Hartman, School Psychologist, Sunnyland
  • Jeni Strom, Speech and Language Pathologist, Silver Beach
  • Lori Radvany, English Language Learner Specialist, Carl Cozier
  • Pam Pottle, Principal, Northern Heights
  • Tom Gresham, Principal, Roosevelt
  • LaVera Langeman, Past Dyslexia Advisory Team Member
  • Dana Smith, Department of Communications and Community Relations, Ex-Officio
  • Jodi Kinzel, First Grade Teacher, Carl Cozier, Steering Team
  • Brian Rick, Director of Teaching and Learning – Research and Assessment, Steering Team
  • Jenny Lawrence, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Literacy, Co-Chair
  • Trina Hall, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Co-Chair


  • Regular meeting attendance and active participation.
  • Respectful and collaborative interactions with advisory members.
  • Support of transparent process through regular communication with school staff on the progress of advisory, including gathering input from school staff and families as determined and outlined by the advisory

Review Team: Fridays, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Budget Implications:

  • Purchase of Early Literacy Screener.
  • Funds to support professional development needs.

In addition to representation on the task force, identified groups will be targeted to solicit input and provide feedback, including literacy specialists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, primary classroom teachers, resource teachers, and the previous Dyslexia Advisory Team from 2018-19.

Supporting Documents:

Early Literacy Screen Recommendation July 2021

Best Practices for Early Literacy Screening-Educators

Understanding Literacy Screening-Parents & Caregivers

OSPI Early Literacy Screening Implementation Guide

OSPI FAQ re Implementing Early Literacy Screener

OSPI Crosswalk of Recommended Early Literacy Screeners