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Dyslexia Screening Information - Kindergarten Launch Through Third Grade

August 31, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Learning to read and write is one of life’s most fundamental achievements. Parma City Schools is committed to providing high-quality evidence-based language and literacy instruction and interventions aligned to the Science of Reading. Interventions are matched to student needs to ensure that every child can reach their full potential in the area of literacy.

Throughout the year, our teachers provide ongoing information to parents about their student’s reading progress and appropriate developmental literacy milestones utilizing benchmark assessments three times a year and continuous progress monitoring.

Beginning the 2023-24 school year, districts will be required by the state of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement through House Bill 436 to screen all students in kindergarten through third grade for characteristics of dyslexia. Parma City Schools has decided to implement this process for the 2022-23 school year.

Dyslexia refers to a pattern of specific learning difficulties which mainly affect the development of reading and spelling skills. Children with dyslexia have difficulty with the phonological process needed to match letters they see with the sounds those letters and combinations of letters make. And when they have a hard time with this step, all the other steps are more challenging. An estimated 10% of the population is affected by dyslexia.

Our benchmark screening information is a tool that supports literacy and identifies students that might need additional assessment. The results of the dyslexia screening will be shared through a parent letter.  If you have further questions about the dyslexia screening process, please contact your building.

Sincerely,

Tiffany M. Stropko
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
440-885-8784

Dyslexia Screening Information Letter