The UCSF Dyslexia Center is developing a new digital tool, FREE for all California public schools, to aid in the early identification of Kindergarten and First Grade students who may face challenges learning to read. Early identification can lead to early intervention. With the right support, the experience of learning to read can be more enjoyable for more California students.

For information about the Multitudes California State Dyslexia Screener, please contact [email protected].


 "...a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in   origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

(International Dyslexia Association, 2002) 


Participating Schools

Throughout the towns, cities, and areas listed in our map

Collaborating Research Universities:
  • Florida State University
  • Stanford
  • University of Connecticut
  • UCLA
Consulting Researchers from:
  • MIT
  • University of Oregon School of Education
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
County Offices of Education:

Sacramento County Office of Education

Core Values

  • Basis in Latest Neuroscience of Learning | Multitudes translates the latest findings into useful tools for educators
  • Effectiveness for Multilingual Learners | All CA Kindergarten and 1st graders can learn to read in the languages of their choice
  • Cultural Affirmation | Multitudes embraces the many variations in dialect, culture, and region that enrich our state 
  • Free for all CA Public Schools | Every student in CA Public Schools can expect the best in early literacy screening for risk of dyslexia

Next Steps

In the 22-23 school year, Multitudes is testing several key features of its early identification tool:

Web Platform: Every public school should be able to use Multitudes for free whether their classrooms work with Chromebooks, iPads, or other digital devices. Placing Multitudes on the web ensures equal access.

  • Efficiency: Every moment in the classroom is precious, and educators are very busy. Multitudes needs to be as quick as it is accurate. This year’s study focuses on establishing how to achieve maximal efficiency.
  • Developing New Measures: Spanish language measures and visual spatial measures will help center the experiences of multilingual learners and will add nuance to Multitudes’ sensitivity and specificity.