In accordance with Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 217 and Duneland School Corporation policy 2462, Duneland School Corporation will provide dyslexia screening and intervention beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
In 2015, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1108. This law put in place an official definition for dyslexia in Indiana. This definition is based on the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of dyslexia. When referring to dyslexia, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) uses the language from HEA 1108.
House Enrolled Act 1108 defines dyslexia as: A specific learning disability that: (1) is neurological in origin and characterized by: difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities; (2) typically results from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction; (3) may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge; and (4) may require the provision of special education services after an eligibility determination is made in accordance with Article 7.
Beginning in the 2019 - 2020 school year, Senate Enrolled Act 217 requires schools to universally screen all kindergarten, first, and second grade students annually to identify and predict students who may be “at some risk” or “at risk” for dyslexia.
Before July 15th of each school year, each school corporation shall report the following information.* Duneland's information for the 2022-2023 school year can be found in the chart below.
Duneland School Corporation
Dyslexia interventions that were used during the 2022-2023 school year
Phonics First Curriculum by Brainspring
Number of students who received dyslexia interventions
Total number of students identified with dyslexia
*This information shall not be provided if fewer than 10 students are identified.
During the 2022-2023 school year, kindergarten, first, and second grade students were screened in all six subsets.
- Phonological and phonemic awareness (ability to separate and change sounds into words)
- Alphabet knowledge (name of different letters)
- Sound symbol relationship (phonics)
- Decoding (reading)
- Rapid naming (quickly name common objects)
- Encoding (spelling)
Duneland School Corporation uses Phonics First Curriculum by Brainspring as its intervention program for students in general education. Students in special education may receive Phonics First instruction and/or specialized instruction as determined by their IEP goals and programming.