How to Use the TOWRE-2 - Aug 2023 to Aug 2024: Patoss

How to Use the TOWRE-2 - Aug 2023 to Aug 2024: Patoss


  • Date(s)
    02 Aug 2023 - 02 Aug 2024
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  • Course summary

    By popular demand, we have invited Professor Richard Wagner, one of the key authors of the TOWRE-2, to deliver a webinar on the use of this essential assessment tool. This on-demand webinar will be followed by a live Zoom workshop, providing delegates with an opportunity to put questions to Professor Wagner in person about the use of the TOWRE-2 and assessment practice.

  • CPD credit hours
    1 hour
  • Course themes
    Reviewing principles of psychometrics, statistics, assessment and underlying theory, SpLD testing methods, interpretation, report writing, feedback and test materials
  • Audience
    Assessors, Support, Assessment centres, Training institutions
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A deficit in decoding skills is recognised as a core, and indeed defining, aspect of dyslexia. The Test of Word Reading Efficiency 2nd edition (TOWRE-2) provides a quick assessment of decoding skills by measuring the number of single words and non-words read accurately during a 45-second time period.

Research conducted by Professor Richard Wagner and his colleague Professor Joseph Torgesen has been fundamental in our understanding of the importance of phonological processing deficits in diagnosing dyslexia. Their large scale concurrent and longitudinal studies of reading development demonstrated the importance of three clear aspects of phonological subgroups which are vital in developing the ability to read. Their research demonstrated the essential role played by phonological awareness in discriminating and manipulating the speech sound of letters in words; the importance of the phonological processing subskill of rapid automatised naming, which assesses the speed and efficiency with which phonological representations are retrieved from long-term memory; and the role of phonological memory in the coding of information as speech sound representations for temporary storage in short-term working memory. The results of their studies are demonstrated in the Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2).

Learning outcomes

  • a better understanding of the effective use of the TOWRE-2
  • greater awareness of how to interpret its results
  • an understanding of up-to-date research into assessment practice

Course prerequisites

It is recommended that delegates have access to the TOWRE-2.