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Dyslexia & Literacy Instruction
Science of Reading Summit: (May 2023) - A Summary of Sessions
Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin and that is characterized by unexpected difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities that are not consistent with the person's intelligence, motivation, and sensory capabilities.
This definition of dyslexia is adopted by the 65th WA State Legislature, 2018 Regular Session.
- Dyslexia Guidance: Screener Crosswalk
- Dyslexia Guidance: Implementing MTSS for Literacy
- Dyslexia Guidance: Rapid Automized Naming
- Dyslexia Guidance: Reporting
- Senate Bill 6162 report
- Screen students in grades K-2 for indications of below-grade level literacy development, including indications of or areas of weakness associated with dyslexia.
- Provide evidence-based multisensory structured literacy interventions to students in grades K-2 who display indications of below-grade level literacy development, including indications of or areas of weakness associated with dyslexia.
- Communicate and collaborate with parents and families about their student’s screening results, intervention plan, and literacy progress.
LEAs may use the tools and resources in the Implementing MTSS for Literacy Guidance (recommended by the Dyslexia Advisory Council) to meet the expectations in the law. LEAs and schools must use the recommended screening tools if they wish to use a portion of LAP base funds to purchase screening tools and related professional development. Please review the implementation guide and Senate Bill 6162 report for more information.
Dyslexia Advisory Council
The Washington state Dyslexia Advisory Council is tasked with identifying tools and resources that will help screen for dyslexia or indicators of dyslexia. Additionally, they're working to develop recommendations on best practices for implementing the screenings in school districts, staff training to target the areas of need for those experiencing dyslexia or indicators of dyslexia, information for parents and families that includes a list of resources, and best practices to help students in grades three and above who might be experiencing dyslexia.
Updates & Related Laws
- Updates from OSPI
- September 13, 2022 Webinar: Update on Early Screening of Dyslexia
- March 9, 2022 Early Literacy Screening & Intervention Update
- February 15, 2022 Early Literacy Screening & Intervention Update
- December 9, 2021 Early Literacy Screening & Intervention Update
- October 4, 2021 Early Screening of Dyslexia Update Slide Deck
- June 17, 2021 Early Screening of Dyslexia Update
- April 14, 2021 Early Screening of Dyslexia Update
- December 2020 Webinar: Update on Early Screening of Dyslexia
- August 6, 2020 Webinar: Update on Early Screening of Dyslexia
- March 18, 2020 Webinar: Update on Early Screening of Dyslexia
- Past summaries and reports
- Status Report on the Educator Training Program to Improve Instruction of Students with Dyslexia September 2009
- Lorraine Wojahn Dyslexia Pilot Reading Program Report to the Legislature January 2009
- Lorraine Wojahn Dyslexia Pilot Project Update January 2007
- Lorraine Wojahn Dyslexia Reading Pilot Legislative Summary January 2006
- Washington State Law
- Federal Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter on Supporting Students with Dyslexia
- Dyslexia Resource Guide
- Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Learning Disabilities
- Council for Learning Disabilities
- LD Online
- Learning Disabilities Association
- The National Center for Learning Disabilities RTI Action Network
- The National Research Center on Learning Disabilities