Use the following assessments to screen for dyslexic and other poor readers as well as to assess their progress. 

The files contain fillable forms that are designed to be used digitally. Just download the file to your computer and fill out the form. Then save the file. 

NOte: If you open the file and print to PDF, you will not be able to fill in the information on the computer.

Instructions for Assessing

Here are the instructions for completing the assessment forms for your student.

Open up the Assessment Instructions and the Assessment Forms and follow along as you watch the videos. 


Choose the assessment file for the grade level you are assessing. If you are assessing the student for the first time at the end of the school year, choose the list that matches the grade level of the student in the Fall.

    • Open the file on the computer, fill in the information, and then print to PDF to your computer. Then submit it.


    • Save the file on your computer. Open it in Adobe, fill in the form, and then print it to a PDF.  Then submit it.
    • NOTE:  If you open the file and print to PDF, you will not be able to fill in the information on the computer.

Avoiding or Fixing DST Errors

You may still have some questions. This short video identifies common errors in scoring the Developmental Spelling Test. Watch this video to make sure you have avoided these errors. 

Here is a scoring Cheat Sheet if you don’t already have it. It includes how to score those tricky words. How to score a word with a long vowel sound that uses a single vowel is a common question. The answer is in this document with examples. 

Kindergarten – Beginning Grade 1
Assessment Forms A and B

Grade 1
Assessment Forms

Grade 2 -3
Assessment Forms

Grade 4 – 5
Assessment Forms

Grade 6 – 8
Assessment Forms

Grade 9 – 12
Assessment Forms