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.
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. Consent is obtained through the Title 1 parent compact.
- Additional information and resource materials are provided below:
Dyslexia Data for Plainfield Community Schools: