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In a large sample of German children, the prevalence of dyslexia was between 1.9% and 2.6% when the criteria used included a reading score of 1.5 to 1 standard deviation below the norm and average performance in at least one other cognitive measure. However, the rate jumps to a range of between 7.1% and 15.6% if only the reading score of 1.5 to 1 standard deviations below the norm is used, with no “discrepancy model”.

There are no national guidelines on how to test, what standard deviations to use, and whether to use discrepancy models, in Germany.

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