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Dyslexia & Reading Specialists

Washington Intermediate: Janet Stuckey & Michelle Wade

Washington Primary: Brenda Meredith

According to Senate Enrolled Act 217:  Beginning the 2019-2020 school year ALL kindergarten through second grade students will be given an Indiana Department of Education approved Universal Screener to assess for characteristics of dyslexia. The universal screener does not identify dyslexia, only the areas of weakness in phonological and phonemic awareness, sound symbol recognition, alphabet knowledge, decoding skills, rapid naming skills, and encoding skills.

Washington Community Schools will use the following state approved assessments:

Universal Screeners Used:

Phonological/phonemic awareness Dibels Next: PSF (K-2)
Alphabet Knowledge Dibels Next: LNF (K-2)
Sound/symbol Relationship Dibels Next: NWF-CLS (K-2)
Decoding Dibels Next: NWF-WRC (K)
Dibels Next:ORF-ACC (1-2)
Rapid Naming Dibels Next: RAN (K-2)
Encoding Dibels Next:Spelling (K-2)

Number of students administered initial (universal) screener during the previous school year?

Kindergarten: 213
1st Grade: 192
2nd Grade: 207
Total: 612

2023-2024 Washington Community Schools' dyslexia data:

  • 33 students flagged on Universal as "at risk" or "at some risk" (K: 8, 1st: 8, 2nd: 16, 6th: 1)
  • 33 students received dyslexia interventions
  • 0 students identified with dyslexia

Dyslexia Level 1 Screener(s) Used

Phonological/phonemic awareness MARooney Foundational
Skills and Quick Phonics
Alphabet Knowledge MARooney Foundational
Skills and Quick Phonics
Sound/symbol Relationship MARooney Foundational
Skills and Quick Phonics
Decoding MARooney Foundational
Skills and Quick Phonics
Rapid Naming mClass with Dibels RAN
Encoding MARooney Foundational
Skills and Quick Phonics


Dyslexia intervention program(s) used during the previous school year (Must include explicit, sequential, and multi-sensory instruction)

Orton Gillingham
Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
Lifelong Readers
i-Ready Reading

Indiana’s Definition of Dyslexia:

"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."

For more information, please visit the Indiana Department of Education Dyslexia webpage.