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Oregon: K student must be screened for dyslexia; what about older kids?

Sept 18, 2018, Portland (OR) Tribune: Parents clamor for more dyslexia support, recognition As new Oregon laws roll out this year on identifying young children with dyslexia, parents are frustrated that so little is being done… She is worried about continuing a generational cycle of this hereditary condition. … … Some studies have listed the percentage of students with reading difficulties as high as 20 percent. That could mean thousands of children statewide could be newly eligible for extra help. Another new Oregon law ensures that at least one person in a K-5 school has training on what dyslexia is. But Mixon, who's worked in educational advocacy, isn't convinced that it will result in much support for students…. In an attempt to equalize the response to dyslexia, Oregon passed those three new laws. One requires the screening that starts this year for children in kindergarten — or in first grade, if that's their first year at a public school. The second law mandates that at least one teacher in a K-5 school have six to 30 hours of training on dyslexia. Finally, teacher prep programs in Oregon are now required to teach teachers about dyslexia. Parent advocates, some of whom came out in force to a Sept. 4 Portland Public Schools board meeting, have a number of complaints that the new system is still flawed. "There's no plan in place with what to do with those kids once they're identified," Mixon said…. "It's hit and miss. Many teachers aren't trained," Deane said…. … Deane echoed the concern of many parents that schools will not actually notify parents of the results of the kindergarten screening. The law does not explicitly require them to. However, the Oregon Department of Education released guidance Aug. 30 that states close communication with families is always best practice and outlines what should go in a notification…. The 2013 graduate is "absolutely" glad that Portland children will be identified earlier. But she also worries about all the students, first grade and up, who still won't be. …

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