Dyslexia Screenings in Alabama Public Schools

  1. defined dyslexia
  2. recognized the significant educational implications that may result for students with dyslexia
  3. called for the creation of a Dyslexia Advisory Council
  4. called for a revision of the Alabama Administrate Code to acknowledge and address dyslexia and subsequent services needed to ensure the success of students with dyslexia

What does this really mean??

  • This means that any child who is reading below benchmark should now be screened for dyslexia at their public school.  if they fail this screening, the school is required to provide that student with a dyslexic specific reading intervention within the general educational classroom.

Students can get the initial information of whether they have dyslexic tendencies from an Alabama school screening. If the student fits the classic dyslexic profile and screens at risk, a formal diagnosis can be very helpful with regard to parent education, allowance of appropriate use of assistive technologies,  and allowance of accommodations at school.
A school screening will help you to know if your child fits the Dyslexic profile, however it will not give you a diagnosis. A basic screening of reading and spelling is now being provided by Alabama Public Schools. Please contact your child’s teacher to request a school screening.
Please remember a failed school screening is not a diagnosis of dyslexia.  A comprehensive reading evaluation must still be done to officially diagnosis dyslexia.

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