Washington – 2017-2018 – SB 6162 – Dyslexia Definition & Screening

Washington state outline AN ACT Relating to defining dyslexia as a specific learning disability and requiring early screening for dyslexia.

Defines “dyslexia” as  a specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin and characterized by unexpected difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities not consistent with the person’s intelligence, motivation, and sensory capabilities, which difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language.  

Requires that  beginning in the 2020-21 school year, each school district must screen every student in kindergarten, first, and second grade for indications of dyslexia.

If a student shows indicators of below grade level literacy development or indicators of dyslexia, the school must provide interventions based on the school’s system of support. Parents and families must be notified of the interventions being offered to their student and whether the student continues to show below grade level literacy development or indicators of dyslexia. Upon parental consultation and consent, a student can be referred for further evaluation.

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