In 2018, the Washington State Legislature enacted a law that requires school districts to provide early screening for all Kindergarten to 2nd grade students and subsequent support for those students who are identified as having learning difficulties due to dyslexia. Each district in Washington State is expected to have screening and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MSTSS) by the 2021-2022 school year.
What is dyslexia?
Washington State OSPI uses the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) definition:
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge
The Steilacoom Historical School District No.1 is intent on being a leader in identifying and supporting all students who need assistance with learning.
District Advisory Committee
The district formed the Dyslexia District Advisory Committee in November of 2019. The team composed of parents, administrators, a board member, teachers, and specialists began meeting in the fall and will continue to meet through the development and implementation process.
The committee will use this webpage as one of the sources of information for parents and community members.
For more information about the advisory committee, please contact Paul Harvey at 253-983-2212.
Resources for Parents
OSPI has a webpage devoted to dyslexia and has provided meaningful resources for parents.
Provided on the state webpage, there is a link to the Washington State Dyslexia Resource Guide, which aims to meet three goals:
- build an understanding of the term dyslexia;
- learn how to identify students with dyslexia; and
- support teachers and parents in educating students with dyslexia
Schools that have model programs for students with dyslexia