The General Assembly passed SEA 217 which addresses “Dyslexia,” and adds a number of new requirements for both the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and schools. The requirements of this legislation go into effect for schools with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
House Enrolled Act 1108 defines dyslexia as
A specific learning disability that:
A school corporation’s and charter school’s reading plan shall include indicators to screen for risk factors of dyslexia, using a screening tool approved by IDOE that screens for characteristics of dyslexia. This mandatory universal screener approved by IDOE shall include indicators for dyslexia and must be reported in the kindergarten through grade two reading plan
This screening shall include, as developmentally appropriate, the following:
If a student is determined to be at risk, or at some risk, for dyslexia, after a screening, the school corporation or charter school shall administer a level 1 dyslexia screening to the student.Based on the results of the level 1 screener, a school corporation or charter school may administer a level 2 screener. Both level 1 and 2 screeners must include the components listed above.
These screeners must be completed consistent with the Indiana dyslexia resource guide to be released by IDOE.
Students who must be screened:
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,
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 the screening.
If any of the screeners indicate that a student has the characteristics of dyslexia, the school corporation or charter school shall use the response to intervention process to address the needs of the student.
A school corporation or charter school is not required to administer a universal screening if the parent objects to the screening or the student is already receiving intervention services for dyslexia.
A parent/guardian must consent to a level 1 or 2 screening before it is administered.
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. Additional information and resource materials are provided below.
Additional Parent/Guardian Resource Links
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