Gooding Jt. School District 231
Supporting Students with Characteristics of Dyslexia
The District shall take steps to ensure students with characteristics of dyslexia are identified and will work with the students’ parents to provide them with academic support.
The fall administration of the statewide reading assessment will be used as an initial screening to identify students who have characteristics of dyslexia, as defined in I.C. 33-1802. Students in grades kindergarten through 5 who are identified by the initial screening shall be given a second (Tier 2) diagnostic screening test for characteristics of dyslexia. This Tier 2 screening shall also be provided to students identified by their classroom teacher and to students whose parent/guardian requests this screening. The Tier 2 screening may be selected from among the Tier 2 screening measures recommended by the State Department of Education for this purpose.
When a student is identified as having characteristics of dyslexia by the initial screening or the Tier 2 screening, the student’s parents/guardians shall be notified and provided with the District’s options for school interventions.
The District shall provide evidence-based interventions for any students identified with characteristics of dyslexia by either screening. These interventions shall align with the Idaho comprehensive literacy plan and the State Dyslexia Handbook.
The District shall submit to the State Board of Education any data they require on the effectiveness of such interventions.
Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, all District instructional staff and instructional coaches involved in the instruction of students in grades kindergarten through 5 shall be required to complete a professional development on dyslexia approved by the State Department of Education for this purpose.
All District teachers, administrators, and school counselors with an instructional certificate in grades 6 through 12 must complete professional development on the characteristics of dyslexia no later than the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year.
Legal References: I.C. § 33-1802 Definitions
I.C. § 33-1811 Dyslexia
Promulgated on: 9/13/22