Free Early Reading Screenings

Marburn Academy offers free early reading screenings for 5–7-year-old children whose parents want to know if their child is likely to encounter difficulty in learning to read.

The free Early Reading Screening Program is built on the body of research, which shows that at an early age children can be reliably screened for the skills that must be present before reading and spelling can successfully develop.

Covering reading-related phonological processing skills, the screening is thorough but quick. Tests are scored and feedback is shared immediately with the parent.

Phonological Awareness

The term phonological awareness refers to a child’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds of his or her oral language. Memory for these sounds, and the ability to put them together and take them apart to form new and different words, are the foundations upon which fluent reading is built. Furthermore,

“…critical levels of phonological awareness can be developed through carefully planned instruction, and this development has a significant influence on children’s reading and spelling achievement…” (Ball & Blackman, 1991; Bradley & Bryant, 1985; Byrne & Fielding-Barnsley, 1989, 1991; O’Conner, Jenkins, Leicester, & Slocum, 1993).

2018 Free Early Reading Screening Schedule

Appointments for 5–7 year-olds are required and can be scheduled by emailing or by calling 614.433.0822. Please note that you are not registered until you receive a confirmation email detailing your appointment date and time.

April 13, 2018: 9:00–11 a.m. – Screening will be held Neighborhood Services Incorporated (NSI) at 1950 N. 4th St. Columbus, 43201 to serve surrounding communities.  Space is limited.
April 20, 2018: 8:30–11:30 a.m. – New date available!  Screening to be held at Marburn Academy.
May 11, 2018: 8:30–11:30 a.m. – Screening to be held at Marburn Academy.