Download the full text(s): GRTR
evaluation focusEarly Literacy Skills
applicable ages36-60 months; 3-5 years; Grade: Preschool
available language(s)English and Spanish
availabilityFREE download through the library
Must be purchased
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
- 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.
supporting literatureWhitehurst, 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
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
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
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
referenced articlesValidation of The Reading House and Association With Cortical Thickness
Development of a Brief Screening Tool for Early Literacy Skills in Preschool Children
A Novel, Composite Measure of Screen-Based Media Use in Young Children (ScreenQ) and Associations with Parenting Practices and Cognitive Abilities
Associations Between Screen-Based Media Use and Brain White Matter Integrity in Preschool-Aged Children
The Reading House: A Children’s Book for Emergent Literacy Screening During Well-Child Visits