Dear Portland Public Families:
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.
In response to new dyslexia legislation (SB 612) that requires screening of every kindergarten and first grade student for risk factors of dyslexia and training of at least one staff member at each school around dyslexia, we need to communicate the following to you in order to prepare for compliance:
Updated legislation requires every school that has kindergarten and first grade students to have at least one staff member in the building who is trained about Dyslexia by July 2018. It is expected that the trained teacher in each building will have a good understanding of what dyslexia is and will learn to recognize signs of dyslexia manifested at each grade level. The trained teacher will act as a resource on dyslexia for others in the building as well as for parents and community members. This teacher can 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.
PPS schools have each identified two Dyslexia Advisors and a third of these Advisors have already received some professional learning around Dyslexia. During spring 2018, Advisors will complete the required ODE trainings through online resources and face-to-face workshops.
Based on the requirements as outlined in SB 612, the training will have three areas of focus: 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 legislation requires districts to universally screen kindergarten students in the fall, winter, and spring and 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 approved measures. In addition screening for family history in difficulty in learning to read will be included on the enrollment form by fall of 2018.
The legislation requires notifications are 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 and will be in place by fall of 2018.
This implementation plan is based on Oregon Dept. of Education’s initial recommendations. We will continue to communicate with state leaders to address SB 612 requirements.
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Decoding Dyslexia Oregon raises dyslexia awareness, empowers families to support their children, and improves resources for students with dyslexia in Oregon public schools.
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