Reading Assessments

Students who struggle with reading, spelling, comprehension, or writing often have an unidentified underlying learning deficit. To provide the best possible support for your child, we need to gain a thorough understanding of the root cause of their difficulties.

Early Reader Screening (ERS)

Ages 5.5-7.0 years old

Best Fit: When you are concerned your child might not launch as a reader.  Screens for dyslexia symptoms.

Comprehensive REading Eval

1st – 12th graders

Best Fit:  When your child has had difficulty keeping up with peers in reading fluency or comprehension.

Test For Dyslexia

1st – 12th graders

Best Fit:  Family history of dyslexia and/or decoding, spelling and fluency have been persistently difficult.

Assessment Process:

The goal or our assessment process is to ensure we have the formal data necessary to make an accurate recommendation on how best to help your child’s reading and learning development.


  • Our assessments  are specifically designed for each child.
  • The testing measurements are nationally available and norm-referrenced.
  • Our team meets to discuss your child’s learning profile.
  • We will meet with you about 2 weeks after the evaluation.
  • You will receive a thorough explanation about your child’s reading strengths and weaknesses.
  • We will give you specific recommendations for addressing your child’s area of need.
  • Our goal is to give you clarity about the next best step for helping your child.

One-To-One Administration:

In a Cincinnati Reading Center evaluation, your child engages in highly interactive tasks with the examiner.  We look at all areas of the reading process: skills for decoding, sight word retrieval, processing speed, fluency, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Our examiners are experts at helping children feel comfortable so that it is an enjoyable experience. In addition to the actual data we gather, we are well versed in evaluating the nuances of your child’s response to the tasks. This anecdotal information is vital to understanding more fully how your child learns, processes information, and solves problems. We assess the difficulty, behaviors, and time it takes for your child to complete a task.  For example, two students may have identical scores on a formal test, but through the examiner’s observation, we know that one of them struggled with accuracy and the other struggled with the time to completion.  Our examiners also observe how your child reacts when a task becomes difficult.  These interactions and observations help us discover strengths that may not show up on test score results, but that can be leveraged to help your child progress.

All of the information gathered during our assessment process – the scores, examiner observations, and parent input – is taken into consideration when our team meets to analyze and discuss your child’s unique learning profile. We can identify your child’s needs and map out a customized action plan.

So, while your child is evaluated in a One-to-One setting, we craft solutions for your child using our Team-To-One approach.

Dyslexia Testing


Many parents are referred to us by teachers, psychologists, and pediatricians.   When a caller requests a reading evaluation to test for dyslexia, we can help!  The first step is through education.

The term dyslexia can be confusing. There are certainly a lot of misconceptions and myths.  Our first step is to give you clarity about what dyslexia is, what it is not, and how it may relate to your child’s reading difficulties.  

For more than 20 years, we have been at the forefront of understanding and helping students with dyslexia. We are experts in administering and interpreting comprehensive reading evaluations. And, we implement the best practices in the field of reading as covered in Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR) which is now a component of the Science of Reading. 

Here’s what you need to know about testing for dyslexia:

There is no single test to determine if dyslexia is present.

Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in Reading.

The testing battery used to test for dyslexia is the same testing battery used in a Comprehensive Reading Assessment. 

By measuring specific literacy skills with norm-referenced assessment tools, a determination can be made if symptoms are consistent with a diagnosis of dyslexia.

What determines if dyslexia is present?

When someone has a cold, they could have a mild cold, a severe cold, or somewhere in between.  For students who are experiencing a difficulty with reading, they can be said to have a mild difficulty, a moderate difficulty, or a significant difficulty in reading.  Student who are measured to have a significant weakness in specific language skills, may be determined to have dyslexia.

By completing a Comprehensive Reading Assessment, the battery will measure the student’s language skills.  When the results show 1. A significant weakness in the skills associated with dyslexia, and 2. A specific set of cascading weaknesses in specific skills, then these results indicate symptoms that are consistent with a diagnosis of dyslexia.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has offered these guidelines:

A comprehensive evaluation typically includes academic achievement testing, as well as an assessment of the critical underlying language skills that are closely linked to dyslexia. These include receptive (listening) and expressive language skills, phonological skills including phonemic awareness, and also a student’s ability to rapidly name letters. A student’s ability to read lists of words in isolation, as well as words in context, should also be assessed. (Source: IDA Just the Facts: Louisa Moats, Ed. D., and Karen Dakin M.Ed. 2012)

CRC’s comprehensive reading evaluation includes all these areas.

After our evaluation, we will meet with you and offer a thorough explanation of what the evaluation revealed.  Specifically, we will be able to identify dyslexia, if your child’s reading strengths and weaknesses are consistent with the NICHD and IDA definition of dyslexia.  This meeting is unrushed and will not end until all your questions are answered.

Dyslexia is not a phase that kids outgrow nor will it correct itself. The earlier that dyslexia is evaluated and properly treated, the more successful a child will be with reading and learning.

The question we hear most often from parents after they learn that their child has dyslexia, is “What can we do about it?”

We use the information from the evaluation to create a customized plan for each child. Every child is uniquely different so their plan needs to reflect these differences to ensure an optimal outcome. Research has definitively shown that the most effective instruction is systematic, multi-sensory, explicit and one-to-one. Our targeted, immersive instruction has been consistently successful in remediating the academic consequences of a child with dyslexia. Most importantly, your child will feel more confident and successful in school.

The good news is that your child’s reading and academic trajectory can be changed!

Early Reader Screening ($250)

The Early Reader Screening is like a wellness visit to your doctor. It can help identify problems before they are apparent in school. Just as a vision screening will flag eye problems, but not diagnose them, an Early Reader Screening is designed to flag children with the potential for reading difficulties. This screening is not designed to identify if your child has a learning disability or dyslexia.

The Early Reader Screening takes about an hour to administer.  Depending on your child’s age, grade level, and your concerns, the Early Reader Screening may be our recommendation as the first step.  If the Early Reader Screening indicates the need to administer our more in-depth Comprehensive Evaluation, 100% of the screening fee will be applied towards that cost.

Research from the National Institutes of Health indicates that reading difficulties are most easily addressed in the primary grades. The earlier a child is identified as at-risk, the more likely the child is able to receive the targeted reading instruction they need to become an independent reader. Since it may be difficult for teachers and parents to pick up on the early warning signs, a screening can be a helpful tool for your child.


An Early Reader Screening looks at these critical early literacy skills:

  • Letter Identification
  • Sound – Symbol knowledge
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Rapid Automatic Naming (related to fluency)
  • Word Recognition
  • Word Analysis

Comprehensive Reading Evaluation ($495)

Cincinnati Reading Center’s Comprehensive Reading Evaluation provides a “deep dive” into measuring the core cognitive processes for successful reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing. Using norm-referenced measurements, our evaluation provides what you need to know to make informed decisions about how best to support your child’s reading and academic development.

A typical Comprehensive Reading Evaluation takes about about 3 hours, with breaks, to administer. Specific areas may include:


  • Phonemic/phonological awareness
  • Phonics
  • Phonological memory
  • Rapid automatic naming (related to fluency)
  • Word analysis (ability to sound out unfamiliar words)
  • Word identification (sight words)
  • Spelling
  • Contextual reading fluency
  • Oral reading comprehension
  • Silent reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Receptive vocabulary
  • Expressive vocabulary
  • Short-term memory
  • Written expression (if requested)

We are your guides to helping your child succeed

What does a parent do?  Schedule a formal reading evaluation!

With a reading evaluation, we will learn together the strengths and weaknesses of your child’s reading processes, and identify the root cause of the reading difficulty.