In accordance with Act 1039, the following information should be present on each district’s website by July 2018.
Background Information on Dyslexia Legislation
ACT 1039 Dyslexia – School districts will be required to report on the school district website or in writing to the parents of each student the dyslexia services provided the previous school year. Reporting requirements include the dyslexia intervention programs used during the previous school year that were specifically responsive to assisting students with dyslexia; the number of students during the previous school year who received dyslexia intervention; and the total number of students identified with dyslexia during the previous school year. These website reporting requirements are required before July 15, 2018.
Screenings and Assessments
ACT 1039 requires universal screening of students in grades K-2 in the areas of encoding, decoding, phonological awareness, sound/symbol recognition, rapid naming, and alphabet knowledge as well as selective screening in grades 3-12. Conway Public Schools currently uses a combination of the following but is not limited to them: DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills), DSA (Developmental Spelling Analysis), AR-RAN (Arkansas Rapid Automatized Naming Screener), SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory), Quick Phonics Screener, and PASS (Phonological Awareness Skills Screener).
During the 2016-2017 school year, the total number of students identified with Dyslexia was 235. During the 2016-2017 school year, the total number of students receiving Dyslexia intervention is 235. Please note that the above data is based on Cycle 7 numbers from June 2017. As students enter and leave the district, these numbers will fluctuate.
Conway Public Schools currently uses a combination of Connections developed by The Apple Group (OG-3D) and the Barton Reading and Spelling System authored by Susan Barton. Both of these programs are multi-sensory, systematic, and Orton-Gillingham based programs. CPSD currently has in each building several instructional facilitators, interventionists, classroom and specialty area teachers as well as other ancillary staff members delivering each program with fidelity.