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    Seattle Public Schools Gathers Dyslexia Work Group
    Posted on 03/10/2020

    Seattle Public Schools Gathers Dyslexia Work Group

    Seattle Public Schools has formed a cross-departmental Dyslexia Work Group to best serve every student in the district. This internal group will help ensure we are building systems districtwide to support students showing indications of below grade level literacy development or indications of, or areas of weakness associated with, dyslexia.

    Currently, the group is identifying approved and high-quality dyslexia screeners. Universal screening in K-2 classrooms will begin in the 2021-22 school year. The work group’s task is centered around the district strategic plan, Seattle Excellence, and the priority goal of providing high-quality instruction and learning experiences for students furthest from educational justice.

    This work group will also ensure compliance with the WA State Legislature on the Early Screening of Dyslexia E2SSB 6162. OSPI is currently developing recommendations on best practices for implementing screenings in school districts, staff training to target the areas of need for those experiencing dyslexia or indicators of dyslexia, information for parents and families with resources, and best practices to help students in grades three and above who may be experiencing dyslexia.

    Once OSPI has made their recommendations, the SPS Dyslexia Work Group will work on a comprehensive plan to implement in our schools beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

    We will keep families, schools, and staff updated regarding the district’s progress for dyslexia screening by posting updates to as we receive them.

    Read more about the Dyslexia Work Group.

    For questions about the work group, please contact dyslexiascreening@seattleschools.org.