Recent legislation requires districts, starting in the 2018-2019 school year and subsequent years, to screen for dyslexia or related disorders (Section 167.950, RSMo.) In addition, every district will offer two hours of in-service training to all practicing teachers regarding dyslexia & related disorders. Districts will also provide reasonable classroom support consistent with the findings and recommendations of the task force created under section 633.420. “Dyslexia screening” is a short test conducted by a teacher or school counselor to determine whether a student likely has dyslexia or a related disorder in which a positive result does not represent a medical diagnosis, but indicates that the student could benefit from approved support. “Support” is low-cost and effective best practices, such as oral examinations and extended test-taking periods. This is not meant to be used to supplant or postpone the IDEA or Section 504 eligibility determination process should a disability be suspected.
The Northeast RPDC’s Dyslexia Consultant provides training to K-12 teachers, as well as informs them of available resources, to meet this legislation.