Decoding Dyslexia Oregon
17 April at 15:19 · Edited ·
Oregon! Senate Bill 612 passed today in the Senate Education Committee by an unanimous vote -- Whoop!
Details: the -5 amendment incorporated the following changes:
Dyslexia Specialist at State Level:
1) The Department of Education shall designate a dyslexia specialist for the department to provide school districts with support and resources that are necessary to assist students with dyslexia and their families.
DOE to develop a screening plan:
(1) The Department of Education shall develop a plan to
(a) to ensure that every student who is first enrolled at a public
school in this state for kindergarten or first grade receives a screening for risk factors of dyslexia.
(b) Provide guidance for notifications sent by school districts to
parents of students who are identified as being at risk for dyslexia
based on a screening of risk factors.
(2) The plan must be developed collaboratively with experts on dyslexia, including representatives of nonprofit entities with expertise in issues related to dyslexia.
(3) When developing the plan, the department shall identify screening tests that are cost effective and that screen for the following factors:
(a) Phonological awareness;
(b) Rapid naming skills;
(c) The correspondence between sounds and letters; and
(d) Family history of difficulty in learning to read.
Teacher training for k-5 public schools:
1) Each school district shall ensure that at least one
kindergarten through grade five teacher in each kindergarten through grade five school has received training related to dyslexia.
The training required under this section must:
(a) Comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an
international organization on dyslexia
(b) Enable the teacher to understand and recognize dyslexia
(c) Enable the teacher to implement instruction that is systematic,explicit and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia
2) The Department of Education shall annually develop a list of
training opportunities that satisfy the requirements described in subsection.
3) A school district that does not comply with the requirements
of this section and that does not secure a waiver from the Department of Education within the time required by the State Board of Education by rule is considered nonstandard under ORS 327.103
4) The State Board of Education shall adopt by rule the criteria
for a waiver from the requirements of this section to address instances when noncompliance is outside the control of the school district.
The Network of Quality Teaching and Learning: One of the Networks goals is to ensure that a sufficient number of kindergarten through grade 5 teachers have received training to understand and recognize dyslexia and to implement appropriate instruction. This Network is a funded program.
To see the final amendment go to:
THANK YOU TO OUR LEGISLATORS AND STAKEHOLDERS for your input and work on the -5 amendment.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT WROTE LETTERS AND ATTENDED HEARINGS. The large community support made a huge difference. It really did.
Now on the Joint Ways and Means Committee Everyone!
-- Decoding Dyslexia Oregon