Snoqualmie Valley School District Supporting Reading for All Students
OSPI uses the definition of dyslexia adopted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) in 2002: "dyslexia" means 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. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological components of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Washington State SB6162 is designed to provide school districts the opportunity to intervene before a student's literacy performance falls significantly below grade level. SB6162 requires all schools to screen students in kindergarten through second grade for indications of, or areas associated with dyslexia. State-approved screeners are designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in a student's literacy skills and are not a diagnostic or evaluation tool for dyslexia. Instead, screeners serve to determine weakness in a child's literacy skills, so that proper interventions can be established to support the student's literacy development. Best practice provides interventions for students in kindergarten through second grade who display indications of, or areas of weakness associated with, dyslexia, through the use of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).
Beginning in the 2021 - 2022 school year, Washington State SB6162 outlines a school's responsibility, to meet student needs, in three areas: Use screening tools and resources that exemplify best practice, create an MTSS model that provides tiered interventions to support struggling students, including students who display indications of, or areas of weakness associated with, dyslexia, communicate and provide resources and support for parents regarding dyslexia.
Snoqualmie Valley School District Dyslexia Advisory Team
During the 2019 - 2020 school year, the Executive Director of Special Education and Director of Equity and Categorical Services co-led a Dyslexia Advisory Team to develop a district-wide approach to supporting all students who struggle with reading, including those who display indications of, or areas of weakness associated with dyslexia. Click here for more information.
Director of Equity and Categorical Services