Dyslexia & Reading Specialists
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 Screener: Dibels Next. If a student is identified as "at risk" specific interventions will begin or continue based on the student's academic needs. The Level 1 Screener will be given to identify more specific weaknesses than determined during the universal screener.
Level 1 Screener: MARooney Foundational Skills and Quick Phonics Screener and mClass with Dibels RAN. These assessments will be given by the certified Dyslexia & Reading Specialist. Parents will be notified for consent regarding students determined to be "at-risk" after completing the universal screener. Students will receive interventions to address the areas of weakness identified in the Level 1 Assessment. Documentation of these interventions will be shared with the student's teacher to track the student's progress
2021-2022 Washington Community Schools' dyslexia data:
- 73 students flagged on Universal as "at risk" or "at some risk"
- 73 students received dyslexia interventions
- 12 students identified as being "at risk:" or "at some risk" for dyslexia
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.