COKID Legislative Objectives

-KID Objectives

  • Legal definition of Dyslexia in Colorado. The National Institute of Health and International Dyslexia Association have an agreed, shared definition:  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.”
  • Dyslexia awareness professional development for in-service teachers.
  • Early, universal dyslexia screening in K-3.
  • Appropriate, automatic and evidence based intervention and progress monitoring when dyslexic weaknesses are identified whether or not the child is below grade level in reading. Not all students with signs of dyslexia will need special education if they are identified early and receive evidence based intervention before they are behind in reading.
  • Teacher training: In-service – professional development in the foundations of reading and evidence based intervention. Pre-Service – more comprehensive requirements for teaching literacy to include dyslexia, its warning signs, best practices in teaching and accommodating students in University teacher training programs, as well as a stand-alone test of the foundations of literacy knowledge for certification.
  • First, best instruction for all children with an emphasis on structured literacy.