Specific Learning Difficulty

Two types of Specific Learning Difficulties are considered:
A: Dyslexia (read screening criteria A)
B: Dyscalculia (read screening criteria B)
To be eligible for DARE, the evidence submitted must meet at least ONE of the specific criteria A or B.

Screening criteria A Dyslexia
Appropriate Professional Appropriately qualified Psychologist.
Type of Documentation Required A full Psychological Assessment Report, as described in the DARE 2017 Acceptable Reports, Acceptable Tests and Checklist for applicants with an SLD (click here to view and download)  OR
a completed DARE 2017 SLD Attainment Summary Sheet (click here to view and download).
All tests used must be current, valid, reliable, and age appropriate. Performance should be reported as standard scores and percentile points; age equivalent scores are not acceptable. Score ranges and descriptive ranges alone are not sufficient. Where these are reported alone, the candidate may be made ineligible.
Psychologists should consult the DARE 2017 Acceptable Reports, Acceptable Tests and Checklist for applicants with an SLD.
Required Age of Report While there is no age limit on diagnostic evidence submitted, it is advisable to submit a recent report.
Other Disabilities Submit an Evidence of Disability Form for each disability/ condition to be considered.
Educational Impact Statement (EIS) The Educational Impact Statement allows you and your school to provide detail of how your disability has impacted on your second level experience. The EIS is a requirement for all applicants.
DARE Eligibility In addition to a Psychological Assessment Report of any age completed by a psychologist, applicants with dyslexia MUST also have two literacy attainment scores at or below the 10th percentile (Standard Score of 81 or below).

These attainment scores can be from one (or a combination) of the following sources:
1) Scores from school-based attainment testing
2) Scores from attainment tests carried out by a psychologist.
Testing must have been carried out after 1 February 2015 and all applicants must submit an EIS completed by their school.
The applicant is eligible once satisfactory documents have been submitted to DARE, which confirm:
Educational Impact Indicator 6: Attainment at or below the 10th percentile/SS 81 in two literacy areas from:
Single word reading / identification
Reading accuracy
Reading comprehension
Reading speed/ fluency
Pseudoword decoding
Spelling
Writing speed
AND
one other indicator from educational impact indicators 1 to 5 to meet the DARE educational impact criteria.

For 2017 only:

Applicants submitting a full psychological assessment dated between 1 February 2014 and 1 February 2015 are not required to submit literacy or numeracy attainment test scores dated post 1 February 2015, provided that the attainment scores in the report meet the DARE criteria. In all cases, applicants must also submit an EIS completed by their school.

Screening criteria B Dyscalculia
Appropriate Professional Appropriately qualified Psychologist.
Type of Documentation Required A full Psychological Assessment Report, as described in the DARE 2017 Acceptable Reports, Acceptable Tests and Checklist for applicants with an SLD (click here to view and download)  OR
a completed DARE 2017 SLD Attainment Summary Sheet (click here to view and download).
All tests used must be current, valid, reliable, and age appropriate. Performance should be reported as standard scores and percentile points; age equivalent scores are not acceptable. Score ranges and descriptive ranges alone are not sufficient. Where these are reported alone, the candidate may be made ineligible.
Psychologists should consult the DARE 2017 Acceptable Reports, Acceptable Tests and Checklist for applicants with an SLD.
Required Age of Report While there is no age limit on diagnostic evidence submitted, it is advisable to submit a recent report.
Other Disabilities Submit an Evidence of Disability Form for each disability/ condition to be considered.
Educational Impact Statement (EIS) The Educational Impact Statement allows you and your school to provide detail of how your disability has impacted on your second level experience. The EIS is a requirement for all applicants.
DARE Eligibility In addition to a Psychological Assessment Report of any age completed by a psychologist, applicants with dyscalculia MUST also have two numeracy attainment scores at or below the 10th percentile (Standard Score of 81 or below).
These attainment scores can be from one (or a combination) of the following sources:
1) Scores from school-based attainment testing
2) Scores from attainment tests carried out by a psychologist.
Testing must have been carried out after 1 February 2015 and all applicants must submit an EIS completed by their school.
The applicant is eligible once satisfactory documents have been submitted to DARE, which confirm:
Educational Impact Indicator 6:  Attainment at or below the 10th percentile/SS 81 in two numeracy areas from:
Mathematical reasoning and problem solving
Mathematical computation
Mathematical fluency
AND
one other indicator from educational impact indicators 1 to 5 to meet the DARE educational impact criteria.For 2017 only:
Applicants submitting a full psychological assessment dated between 1 February 2014 and 1 February 2015 are not required to submit literacy or numeracy attainment test scores dated post 1 February 2015, provided that the attainment scores in the report meet the DARE criteria. In all cases, applicants must also submit an EIS completed by their school.