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Dyslexia Screening and Supports for Students with Dyslexia

"Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result 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. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge." 

- Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. This definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). 

A Strong Foundation in Literacy for All

The Beaverton School District believes that learning to read and write is an essential right for all students to ensure equity, access to academic rigor and college and career readiness.  Because of this belief, BSD has prioritized support for all students by:

  • providing quality and extensive staff development for all classroom teachers in supporting, coaching and differentiating literacy instruction for all students.

  • staffing each of our elementary schools with a highly qualified reading intervention teacher who supports both students struggling to read as well as teachers who work with struggling students.

  • adopting literacy curriculum that provides access for all reading levels, strengths and needs.

  • employing responsive and differentiated strategies and resources for explicitly teaching foundational (phonics/phonemic awareness) knowledge.

  • assessing all students with a diagnostic formative assessment and coaching tool.

  • utilizing research based and validated reading intervention practices, strategies and resources.

  • providing classroom libraries that not only include texts at varying levels of complexity, but also ensure that cultural and linguistic diversity supports all students’ learning.