The Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act passed the Montana Legislature during its 2019 session  ( §20-7-469, MCA, the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act). The tabs below will provide parents, students, administrators and educators the opportunity to learn what dyslexia is, what it is not, and find important resources on screeners and classroom instruction. 

This course provides an introduction to dyslexia for educators. Including definitions, myths, and support for students. The course also outlines the Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act (§ 20-7-469, MCA) and the responsibilities of districts, schools, and the Office of Public Instruction. 1 renewal unit


Introduction to Dyslexia 



Dyslexia Screening Tools


This is a list of evidence-based dyslexia screening tools which show reliability and validity for specific grade levels. The OPI is not providing screeners or endorsing this list, and screener decisions will be up to local districts. While this list is not all-inclusive, it provides research background for the screeners in order for districts to make informed decisions.  For more information please contact Marla Swanby or Christy Mock-Stutz.

Grade levels


Acadience Reading Pre-K



PALS – Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening – Pre-K


PALS K -  Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening –


PAR – Predictive Assessment of Reading

Aimsweb Test of Early Literacy

Aimsweb Plus

Aimsweb Plus add-on Shaywitz DylsexiaScreen


PALS 1-3 – Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening



Acadience Reading K-6


ISIP Istation’s Indication of Progress


Star Reading


PALS Plus – Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening


Screening Resources

Universal Screening: K-2 Reading

Screening for Dyslexia




Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems

Authors: Louisa C. Moats & Karen E. Dakin

Publisher: International Dyslexia Association

Publication date: 2008


Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print

Author: Marilyn Jager Adams

Publisher: MIT Press

Publication date: 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0262510769

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Author:  Brock Eide and Fernette Eide

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Publication date: 2012


Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills

Author: Judith Birsh & Suzanne Carreker

Publisher: Brookes Publishing

Publication date: 2018

ISBN-13: 9781681252261

Not Stupid, Not Lazy Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities

Author: Linda Siegel

Publisher: International Dyslexia Association

Publication date: 2016

ISBN-13: 978-0892140695

Reading Development and Difficulties

Author: Kate Cain

Publisher: Wiley

Publication date: 2010

ISBN-13: 9781405151559

Speech to Print:  Language Essentials for Teachers

Author:  L.C. Moats

Publisher: Brookes Publishing

Publication date: 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1598570502

(new 3rd edition coming out soon, 2019)

Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Encoding Instruction

Author: Marcia Henry

Publisher: Brookes Publishing

Publication date: 2010

ISBN-13: 9781598570748

Dyslexia: Myths, Misconceptions, and Some Practical Applications 

Author: Malatesha Joshi

Publisher: The International Dyslexia Association

Publication date: 2014

Overcoming Dyslexia 

Author: Sally Shaywitz

Publisher: Vintage

Publication date: 2005

ISBN 13: 9780679781592

For more information, contact Marla Swanby (406-444-0044) or Christy Mock Stutz (406-444-0736)