In 2013, the Arkansas Legislature passed ACT 1294 to ensure that children with the characteristics of dyslexia would have their needs met by the state's public school system.
In 2015, ACT 1268 expanded this initiative by modifying the requirements concerning dyslexia screenings, and clarifying actions required by the state, educational cooperatives, and school districts.
In October of 2016, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) updated the rules governing the implementation of ACT 1268. These updated rules provided further clarification, guidance, and instruction on how to meet the needs of students showing characteristics of dyslexia.
In April of 2017, the Arkansas Legislature passed ACT 1039 to further amend and clarify code provisions regarding dyslexia screenings and intervention, and to add specific enforcement provisions tied to school accreditation. It also added new public posting requirements.
All Arkansas schools must have an Intervention Program in place to assist any students identified as having characteristics of dyslexia. The Green Forest School District primarily uses ____________. Additional tools include ________ as needed.
During 2016-2017, the Green Forest School District identified a total of 27 students* showing characteristics of Dyslexia. All of these students were placed in an approved intervention program. Specific numbers by campus were:
Green Forest Elementary School - 19 students identified; 19 students served
Green Forest Intermediate School - 8 students identified; 8 students served
Green Forest Middle School - 0 students identified; 0 students served
Green Forest High School - 0 students identified; 0 students served
Note: These are composite totals for the year. If students leave the district, these numbers may not exactly match final numbers on state reports.
All Arkansas public schools must have a trained Dyslexia Interventionist on staff. The Dyslexia Interventionist for the Green Forest School District is Tonja Smith.
In addition, Pattie Wheeler (the dyslexia specialist at the OUR Educational Cooperative) serves as our regional reading specialist.
All Arkansas public schools are required to conduct initial screening in Kindergarten through 2nd grade for indicators of Dyslexia. In addition, all schools are required to screen any student in grades 3-12 who appears to be experiencing difficulty (as noted by a classroom teacher).
Screening tools used by the district may include the DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), DSA (Developmental Spelling Analysis), and ____.
DYSLEXIA RESOURCE GUIDE
The Arkansas Department of Education has created a Dyslexia Resource Guide to provide guidance for districts, schools, and teachers as they seek to effectively meet Arkansas code provisions regarding Dyslexia screening and intervention. In addition to Dyslexia specifics, it also outlines the relationship of Dyslexia Intervention to RTI, and how this combination meets IDEA (the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).