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Oregon: Every elementary school now required to screen for dyslexia

Sept 6, 2018, Bend (OR) Bulletin: Oregon plan to tackle dyslexia starts this fall for kindergarteners, first-graders Elementary schools must screen students for risk of dyslexia, have trained reading specialist https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6501971-151/oregon-plan-to-tackle-dyslexia-starts-this-fall After the Legislature asked the Department of Education for a plan to combat dyslexia at an early age, every Oregon elementary school will begin mandatory screening of students for the learning disability this fall. Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1003 in the 2017 session, requiring screening for dyslexia risk factors for every kindergartner and first-grader new to Oregon. This bill also required that each elementary have a teacher undergo specialized dyslexia training. “Early screening and early intervening is our best course to get on-track readers,” he said. As many as 15 to 20 percent of Americans show some symptoms of dyslexia, according to the International Dyslexia Association. These symptoms can include poor writing and spelling and slower reading abilities. … Thomas Beck said the state allocated $1.9 million from 2017 to 2019 to help districts offset training costs, which results in a per-school award of about $2,700. She said this might not cover the cost for every district if, for example, teachers had to drive far for training sessions. School districts and/or educational service districts can choose from a state-approved list of training vendors. Although the training isn’t required every year, if the reading specialist leaves, the school district will need to hire another specialist or train someone else.