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.
Screening 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 screening in grades 3-12. Mountain Home High School currently refers students to the Mountain Home Public Schools Dyslexia Specialist for screenings.
During the 2017-2018, the total number of Mountain Home High School students identified with Dyslexia is 18. During the 2017-2018 school year, the total number of students receiving Dyslexia intervention is 18.
Please note that as students enter and leave Mountain Home High School these numbers will fluctuate.
Mountain Home High School currently uses a combination of the following but is not limited to them: the Barton Reading and Spelling System authored by Susan Barton. This program is multi-sensory, systematic, and Orton-Gillingham based. Learning Ally, which is a web-based resource, helps students with reading-related challenges and visual impairments through the use of audiobooks and other aids to enrich and improve their learning. Mountain Home High School currently has a dyslexia interventionist and specialty area teachers delivering each program to our students.