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Get Ready to Read! (GRTR)


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evaluation focus

Early Literacy Skills

applicable ages

36-60 months; 3-5 years; Grade: Preschool

available language(s)

English and Spanish


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Get Ready to Read! is a screening tool can be used to measure the early literacy skills of children before kindergarten entry. This tool can be used to determine if a child has the early reading and writing skills necessary to enter kindergarten, identify potential areas of concern, and guide caregivers and early educators in targeting these areas of need.


Literacy Skills Assessed:

    • Print Knowledge
    • Linguistic Awareness
    • Emergent Writing


Versions Available:

    • Original Tool: 20Q, age 4, English/Spanish, available for free
    • New Revised Tool: 25Q, ages 3-5, English/Spanish, available for purchase


Administration Format: children point to pictures in a series of questions

Total Time: ~10 minutes


Reliability (Whitehurst, GRTR! Technical Report):

    • Internal Consistency (across 20Q): alpha of 0.78 and split-half reliability of 0.80
    • Mean Correct Answers (across 20Q): 9.14 (SD=4.31)


Validity (Whitehurst, GRTR! Technical Report):


    • DSC total correlation: 0.69
    • PPVT language age correlation: 0.58
    • Letter knowledge correlation: 0.66
    • Phonological awareness correlation: 0.58


Reliability and validity findings above reflect total sample. Data is also available for middle-income sample, Head Start sample, and different ethnic/racial groups.


Available for Purchase:  https://www.pearsonassessments.com/store/usassessments/en/Store/Professional-Assessments/Academic-Learning/Brief/Get-Ready-to-Read%21-Revised/p/100000595.html


Source: https://www.pearsonassessments.com/store/usassessments/en/Store/Professional-Assessments/Academic-Learning/Brief/Get-Ready-to-Read%21-Revised/p/100000595.html

Source: https://www.getreadytoread.org/screening-tools/grtr-screening-tool

supporting literature

Whitehurst, G.J., Applied Research Partners, Inc. and The State University of New York at Stony Brook. The NCLD Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool Technical Report. National Center for Learning Disabilities, 1-18.
PDF: GRTR – Technical Report
Link: https://www.getreadytoread.org/screening-tools/research-a-reports/background-information-on-the-grtr-screening-tool

Farver, J.M., Nakamoto, J., Lonigan, C.J. (2007) Assessing Preschoolers' Emergent Literacy Skills in English and Spanish with the Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool. Annals of Dyslexia, 57(2), 161-178.
PDF: GRTR – 1 – Farver 2007
Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11881-007-0007-9

Molfese, V.J., Molfese, D.L., Neamon, J., Modglin, A.T., Walker, J. (2004) Screening Early Reading Skills in Preschool Children: Get Ready to Read. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 22(2), 136-150.
PDF: GRTR – 2 – Molfese 2004
Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/073428290402200204

Phillips, B.M., Lonigan, C.J., Wyatt, M.A., (2009) Predictive Validity of the Get Ready to Read! Screener: Concurrent and Long-Term Relations With Reading-Related Skills. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 42(2), 133-147.
PDF: GRTR – 3 – Phillips 2009
Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0022219408326209