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;
Rapid naming skills; and
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.
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:
Number of students who were administered STAR: All PCSC students K-5 took the benchmark assessment three times throughout the year
Number of students determined to be at risk for dyslexia: 3
Dyslexia interventions used: LIPS Waterford and Successmaker
Number of students who received dyslexia interventions: 3
Number of students who were administered DIBELS Next: 0
Number of students determined to be at risk for dyslexia: 0
Dyslexia interventions used: 0
Number of students who received dyslexia interventions: 0