The General Assembly passed SEA 217 that addresses “Dyslexia”, and adds a number of new requirements for both the Department and schools.

The Indiana Department of Education is issuing this preliminary guidance to bring awareness of this legislation to school corporations and charter schools. Please note that the requirements of this legislation go into effect for schools with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

 A school corporation’s and charter school’s reading plan shall include indicators to screen for risk factors of dyslexia, using a screening tool approved by the department that screens for characteristics of dyslexia.
 This mandatory universal screener approved by the department shall include indicators for dyslexia and must be reported in the kindergarten through grade two reading plan
 This screening shall include, as developmentally appropriate, the following: o Phonological and phonemic awareness o Sound symbol recognition o Alphabet knowledge o Decoding skills o Rapid naming skills o Encoding skills
 If a student is determined to be at risk, or at some risk, for dyslexia, after the universal screening, the school corporation or charter school shall administer a level 1 dyslexia screening to the student. Based on the results of the level 1 screener, a school corporation or charter school may administer a level 2 screener. Both level 1 and 2 screeners must include the components listed above. These screeners must be completed consistent with the Indiana dyslexia resource guide to be released by the department. 

Please read additional parent information in the following document on the IDOE: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/literacy/english-parent-documents.pdf