• Dyslexia Resources and Legislation

    Portland Public Schools is committed to high quality literacy instruction for all students in the five foundations of reading: phonics, phonological/phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The Office of Teaching & Learning supports ongoing professional development for staff in literacy instruction that benefits all students and prevents reading difficulties.

    Oregon dyslexia legislation (SB 1003) requires screening of every kindergarten and new first grade student for risk factors of dyslexia, notification to parents for children who show risk and training of at least one staff member at each school around dyslexia.

    Teacher Training:

    This legislation requires every school building that has kindergarten and first grade students must have at least one staff member in the building who is trained about dyslexia by July 2018. The training includes three main areas, 1. understanding and recognizing dyslexia; 2. using evidence-based practices to systematically and explicitly teach the foundational skills in reading; and 3. intensifying the instruction to meet the needs of students with more severe reading difficulties, including dyslexia. The trained teacher may act as a resource on dyslexia for others in the building as well as for parents and community members. This teacher may also play an active role as a member of the building level problem solving team and can collaborate with designing Tier 2 and Tier 3 support for students identified as at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia. For more information on the role of Advisors, see our links on the right side bar of this page.

    Each PPS PK-5/8, K-5/8 PPS school has at least one trained Dyslexia Advisor, when staffing changes occur and schools lose an advisor, we re-run trainings for them annually. 

    Screening:

    The legislation requires districts to universally screen kindergarten students in the fall, winter, and spring and new grade 1 students in the fall using measures of phonological awareness, letter-sound correspondence, and rapid naming. PPS currently uses DIBELS to screen for reading difficulties, one of the ODE-approved measures. In addition, screening for family history of difficulty in learning to read will be included when students show risk factors on these screeners.

    Parent Notification:

    The legislation requires notifications to be sent by school districts to parents and families of students who are identified as being at risk for reading difficulties based on the screening. The notification process will be based on guidance from the Oregon Department of Education.

    This implementation plan is based on Oregon Dept. of Education’s initial recommendations. We will continue to communicate with state leaders to address additional SB 1003 requirements.

Dyslexia Resources