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Dyslexia Information

In 2015 the Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1108. This law put in place an official definition for dyslexia in Indiana. This definition is based on the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of dyslexia. When referring to dyslexia, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) uses the language from HEA 1108.  

House Enrolled Act 1108 defines dyslexia as: A specific learning disability that: (1) is neurological in origin and characterized by: difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities; (2) 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; (3) may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge; and (4) may require the provision of special education services after an eligibility determination is made in accordance with Article 7. Link to House Enrolled Act 1108

Beginning in the 2019 - 2020 school year, Senate Enrolled Act 217 requires schools to universally screen all kindergarten, first, and second-grade students annually to identify and predict students who may be “at some risk” for dyslexia. Link to Senate Enrolled Act 217.

CPCSC will utilize universal screeners approved by the Indiana Department of Education that includes indicators for dyslexia that include: 

  1. Phonological and phonemic awareness
  2. Sound symbol recognition
  3. Alphabet knowledge
  4. Decoding skills
  5. Rapid naming skills
  6. Encoding skills

If a student is determined to be at risk for dyslexia following this screening, a Level I dyslexia screening will be administered with parent consent. If a student's dyslexia screening indicates the need for dyslexia intervention services for the student, the dyslexia intervention may include one or more of the following:

  1. Explicit, direct instruction that is systematic, sequential, and cumulative and follows a logical plan of presenting the alphabetic principle that targets the specific needs of the student without presuming prior skills or knowledge of the student;
  2. Individualized instruction to meet the specific needs of the student in a setting that uses intensive, highly concentrated instruction methods and materials that maximize student engagement;
  3. Meaning-based instruction directed at purposeful reading and writing with an emphasis on comprehension and composition;
  4. Instruction that incorporates the simultaneous and use of two or more sensory pathways during teacher presentations and student practice; and
  5. Other instructional approaches as determined appropriate by the educational team.

Resources

International Dyslexia Association - serves individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity - focuses dyslexic individuals strengths throughout school and home, preparing them for a successful life.

Reading Rockets - reading resources that assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills

The Literacy Nest - created by an Orton-Gillingham instructor who finds and creates resources to assist children with dyslexia

Annual Report of Interventions

SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 217 Indiana Code 20-35.5, et seq.

Sec. 2. Before July 15, 2019, and before July 15 of each year thereafter, each school corporation and charter school shall report on the school corporation's or charter school's Internet web site the following information: 

(1) The dyslexia intervention programs that were used during the previous school year to assist students with dyslexia. 

(2) The number of students during the previous school year who received dyslexia intervention under this article. (3) The total number of students identified with dyslexia during the previous school year