Purpose of Literacy Screeners

The goals for this topic are to understand the purpose of literacy screeners, look at the characteristics of literacy screeners, and understand the collection of data with the literacy screeners.


Christa H. Biel et al., “How Does the Science of Reading Inform Early Literacy Screening?,” Listen to the Research - University of Virginia, n.d., https://literacy.virginia.edu/sites/g/files/jsddwu1006/files/2022-03/How%20Does%20the%20Science%20of%20Reading%20Inform%20Early%20Literacy%20Screening9888e091cc0c17d238d1c54ce31de7afc4bbc396863e07e1d942a4505c5a17a0.pdf .

Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL), “REL Resource | Assessment Terms Used in Reading,” n.d., https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/rel/Products/Region/southeast/Resource/80223.

Texas Education Agency, “House Bill 3 (HB 3) Implementation: K-2 Diagnostics,” n.d., https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/house-bill-3-hb-3-implementation-k-2-diagnostics.

Content for this DDIBP Module Topic was created in partnership between the following Education Service Center Specialists:

Megan is a Program Specialist for the Early Childhood Assessment Support (ECAS) Initiative. Joining the team in May 2022, she began assisting local education agencies (LEAs) across the state with choosing and implementing one of the two Commissioner-Approved Kindergarten Literacy Screeners. Currently, she is responsible for all training projects and initiatives related to the early childhood assessments. 

Prior to joining the ECAS team, Megan served as the Director of Literacy Programming at BakerRipley—a district of community schools with comprehensive wraparound services in Houston, Texas. In this role, Megan led a comprehensive redesign of the literacy programming for grades K-6 and organized community events centered on literacy, partnering with organizations such as the Houston Dynamo, the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Houston Public Library. In her tenure, over 10,000 books were given to students. Megan has also served as a Reading Academies Cohort Leader and K-5th grade lead teacher in a variety of school settings, such as dual-immersion and project-based learning. 

Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Johns Hopkins University. She has a certification for Project Management from Google and is a Teach for America - Memphis alumna. In her free time, she loves to garden and is passionate about sustainability. She also loves to play and spend time with her husband, two children, and German Shepherd/Husky, Grim.

Cynthia Rial Graham, M.Ed is the High-Quality Instructional Materials Lead for Early Childhood & Spanish Language Arts and Reading (SLAR) Elementary at Education Service Center (ESC) Region 10. She has over 20 years' experience in the educational field as an accomplished bilingual Spanish Professional Learning Designer specializing in elementary Researched-Based Instructional Practices, Curriculum Writing & Audits and TEKS Resource System partnerships. She's earned the nickname "unicorn" because of her extensive knowledge, and past collaborations in the areas of ESL, Bilingual & Dual Language, GT, MTSS and Grant Writing as well as Instructional Coaching for Language Acquisition across all grade levels from Prekindergarten through the 12th grade. Cynthia is a multicultural published author who enjoys traveling with her family and entertaining their pet boxer Milo Walker.


Sandra is a Bilingual Early Childhood Consultant at Education Service Center (ESC) Region 10, where she provides support to districts and campuses by planning, coordinating, and delivering professional development, technical assistance, consultation, and effective teaching strategies to early childhood providers in the service area.

Sandra, who was born and raised in Mexico City, moved to the United States to obtain a master's degree. She began her career as a dual language teacher at Dallas ISD, where she emphasized hands-on learning environments for children and liked collaborating with teachers and parents to fulfill each child's individual requirements.

Sandra was subsequently promoted to Early Childhood Bilingual Instructional Specialist at Dallas ISD. She developed great professional relationships with teachers, administrators, trainers, and coworkers in her role. In addition to creating and delivering engaging training sessions based on data and best practices, Sandra provided instructional support via one-on-one coaching. She has devoted more than 20 years to education and has a passion for assisting others, especially educators and students.

When she is not at work, Sandra values her lovely family, which comprises her husband Demian, their two busy sons Jorge and Adrian, and their Maltese, Benji. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching movies when time permits.