Louisiana’s Senator Cassidy questioned U.S. Secretary of Education on April 4th about dyslexia and what action or guidance the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will provide for this sub-class of struggling students.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has chosen Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) (RTI) as a solution to identifying children with dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. We do not think this plan is proactive enough in identifying children with dyslexia. Identifying children early is vital!
Decoding Dyslexia North Carolina agrees with Senator Cassidy that there should be universal screening for dyslexia. Screening for dyslexia in Kindergarten and first grade can save a child years of needless struggling.
Let’s be proactive not reactive when it comes to dyslexia screening in North Carolina.
“I’m interested in what we’re doing specifically regarding dyslexia…”
“Exactly what are we doing for children with dyslexia, not part of a larger group…”
“Not a single entity that we know of is screening for a condition which affects 20% of the children at grade one…”
“I’ll end by saying that I think unless you require this to be addressed specifically, dyslexia is one of the things we’re looking at: Are you screening? Are you intervening at grade one? Not at grade three when it’s too late. It’s not going to happen. That is the power of your department.”