Denmark to introduce national dyslexia test

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Denmark is to introduce a new national test for dyslexia suitable for use with children eight years of age and older.

The Danish Ministry of Education says the test will end the current uncertainty there is with diagnosis and assist the progress of those with dyslexia through the education system. The test has been developed in partnership with the Centre for Reading Research at Copenhagen University and the School Research Programme at Aarhus University. It is based on internationally recognised research into dyslexia.

Education minister Christine Antorini said she hoped the new test would ensure that, ‘pupils with dyslexia get earlier and more targeted support, regardless of where they live in Denmark.’ While teacher organisations have welcomed the new test dyslexia campaigners have expressed concern that its use will be voluntary.

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