Screening and Assessment in TANF\Welfare-to-Work: Ten Important Questions TANF Agencies and Their Partners Should Consider. Learning Needs Screening Tool


Barriers Identified
Learning Disabilities

Number and Types of Questions
The tool uses open-ended questions to collect information on the types of educational degrees obtained, job experience, and aspirations. It includes 13 'yes' or 'no' questions designed to identify potential learning disabilities.

Target Population
TANF clients

Methodological Information
The first five items are weighted times one, the next two items are weighted times two, the next three items are weighted times three, and the last three items are weighted times four. A total of 12 or more indicates the need for further assessment. One study states that this tool classified 74 percent of the participants as LD or non - LD, positively identifying 70 percent of the participants with LD and correctly ruling out 79 percent of those without an identified special learning need.8

Implementation varies across states


Source or Publisher
Washington Department of Social and Health Services

States Believed to be Using

Alaska Gergia New Hampshire
Arkansas Minnesota Oregon
Florida Missouri Washington

8  State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services, Economic Services Administration, WorkFirst Division. Learning Disabilities. September 29, 1998.

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