Dyslexia Guidance 2020-2021

DYSLEXIA GUIDANCE

 The General Assembly passed SEA (Senate Enrolled Act) 217, which addresses Dyslexia in Indiana schools. Requirements of this legislation go into effect  with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. 

HEA (House Enrolled Act) 1108 defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability that:

  • Is neurological in origin and characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities;
  • Typically results from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
  • May include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge; and
  • May require the provision of special education services after an eligibility determination is made in accordance with Article 7.

SCREENING

Students who must be screened using a mandatory universal screener approved by the IDOE:

  • Students in kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2
  • A kindergarten through grade 2 student who transfers to a new school, and has not previously been screened during the school year
  • A student in grade 3 or higher who has difficulty as noted by the classroom teacher in,
  • Phonological and phonemic awareness
    • Sound symbol recognition;
    • Alphabet knowledge;
    • Decoding skills;
    • Rapid naming skills; and
    • Encoding skills
  • A student in kindergarten through grade 2 from another state who enrolls in an Indiana school for the first time unless the student has documentation that he/she has had dyslexia or similar screen during the school year or is exempt from screening
  • A school corporation is not required to administer a universal screening if the parent objects to the screening.

NOTIFICATION AND SERVICES

If the student’s performance on the universal screener indicates he/she is determined to be at risk, or some risk, for dyslexia, the school shall notify the parent/guardian of the results of the screening and obtain consent for a level 1 or 2 screening to be administered if deemed necessary. 

DYSLEXIA DATA FOR LIBERTY EARLY ELEMENTARY 2020-2021

  • The number of students administered Universal Screeners: 495
  • The number of students identified to be “at-risk” for dyslexia: 193
  • The number of students who received dyslexia interventions: 66
  • The intervention used with students deemed to be “at-risk” is Sonday Systems

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