JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia has officially finished their report and is submitting it to the legislative leaders and Gov. Eric Greitens.
The report shared on Tuesday by Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, who chaired the task force, outlines a number of recommendations the members of the task force believe should be undertaken to address dyslexia in Missouri schools.
The task force was created with the passage of HB 2379 in 2016, requiring that public schools in the Show-Me State screen children for dyslexia, and also directed the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop rules for screenings based on the recommendations of the task force.
“By identifying and addressing this reading failure, students will not only be successful in school but successful in life. If our children do not learn to read they will, and cannot, read to learn,” Swan said. “This small investment today will have long-term benefits for not only students and families but for the economic and social benefits of our communities and for our state.”
The task force’s recommendations include screening all students, K-3, for dyslexia and related disorders starting during the 2018-2019 school year. It was also recommended that schools require two hours of in-service training in evaluating difficulties in reading, which is different from the current requirements, which only say schools must offer the training.
The task force also recommends screening students who have not previously been screened, as well as those deemed as “struggling” in literacy.
The task force report also states that DESE should recommend a process for universal screening.
You can read the full report here: http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills171/commit/rpt1494/Legislative%20Task%20Force%20on%20Dyslexia%2020107%20Report.pdf
Benjamin Peters was a reporter for The Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine and also produced the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined The Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield.