Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result 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. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge (adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002).
“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”
House Bill 1886 states that all first grade students will be screened for dyslexia by the middle of the year and all kindergarten students will be screened for dyslexia by the end of the year. A screening is NOT a full evaluation but is a quick assessment just looking for “red flags” or characteristics of dyslexia. After the screening, letters will be mailed home with the results of the screening. I will contact the parents if there is a concern for the need of possible further testing.
Dates for our TPRI Universal Screening this year:
Kindergarten 1st/2nd Grade
BOY- 6 weeks after the start of school BOY- 2 weeks after the start of school
MOY-Mid January MOY- Mid January (Dyslexia Screener)
EOY- Mid April (Dyslexia Screener) EOY- Mid April