The PAT-2:NU would help Franklin evaluators have more standardized measures to choose from when evaluating students for special education eligibility, especially in the younger grades. The decoding component is not found in other measures we have.
Having the right tools and measures is crucial for special education teachers to develop appropriate goals and objectives for student IEP if they qualify. The PAT-2 gives a more specific look into phonological awareness skills that is not always as clear for student in grades K-2, although phonological awareness is a necessary skill for them to have in their early reading years. Having a variety of assessment tools also helps us meet the new MA Dyslexia legislature requirements.