October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
Panel Discussion: New Dyslexia Laws and How They Impact You!
The Reading Center in Rochester is hosting an event at the Rochester library to discuss new dyslexia laws and how they impact students. The panel discussion will include Chief Author of the dyslexia bills, Senator Roger Chamberlain; Chair of the Education Committee, Senator Carla Nelson; President of Decoding Dyslexia, Rachel Berger; and MN Department of Education employees as we discuss new legislation related to dyslexia and how this may impact your student. Event page.
Parents Advocacy For Struggling Readers - What Does MN Law have to say?
"My school doesn’t say dyslexia."
In 2015, the definition of dyslexia was passed into MN Statute 125A.01, Subd 2. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) also says dyslexia.
"Our school doesn’t have any resources on dyslexia."
A comprehensive guide was developed by MDE and Decoding Dyslexia MN called “Navigating the School System when a Child is Struggling with Reading or Dyslexia”. and can be found under Parent Resources.
In 2017, funds were appropriated for MDE to hire a Dyslexia Specialist to provide technical assistance for dyslexia, to serve as the primary source of information, to support schools in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia, and to increase professional awareness and instructional competencies to meet the needs of these students (MN Statute 120B.122).
"How are schools identifying and serving students that have characteristics of dyslexia?"
MN Statute 120B.12, Subd 2, states that each school district must report to MDE their “efforts to screen and identify students with dyslexia to the commissioner by July 1st of each year.” A student identified must be provided with alternate instruction under MN Statute 125A.56 Subd 1, that is multisensory, systematic, sequential, cumulative, and explicit.
In 2017, MN Statute 120B.12, Subd 3b, was changed to state that a “school district is strongly encouraged to provide a Personal Learning Plan for a student who is unable to demonstrate grade-level proficiency, and should be developed in consultation with the student’s parent or guardian. The personal learning plan must address knowledge gaps and skill deficiencies”.
"My school wants to stop reading intervention since my child is past 3rd grade."
In 2017, an amendment was added to MN Statute 120B.12, Subd 3, stating that the district must continue to provide reading intervention past 3rd grade until the child is reading at grade level.
"How do I know what assessments our elementary school provides to track reading progress?"
Each school district is required to have a Local Literacy Plan posted on its website per MN Statute 120B.12, Subd 4a, that explains the school’s “plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3”. If you can’t find it on your district’s website, ask for it.
For a printable version of the above statements, click here.
For a longer version including the statute language, click here.
DDMN's Dyslexia Specialist Bill has passed!!
Governor Dayton signed the K-12 Education Bill.
It is with great excitement that we announce another win for Minnesota's dyslexia community! DDMN's Dyslexia Specialist Bill has passed!! There is also updated language in the Read Well by 3rd Grade Statute (120B.12) and the Alternate Instruction Statute (125A.56) that will help support struggling readers and those contending with dyslexia.
Thank you to all who have supported our advocacy efforts this session! It's been a LONG session and we simply couldn't have done it without your letters, calls, and presence.
Many Thanks to Legislators for their steadfast support and tireless efforts: Senator Roger Chamberlain, Senator Chuck Wiger, Senator Carla Nelson, Senator Foung Hawj, Representative Brian Daniels, Representative Barb Haley, and many others.
What an amazing Day on the Hill!
We united as a collective group to illustrate an inequity MN children face in their educational experiences. What an outpouring of camaraderie, support, and advocacy! Seeing all of the children with their signs and hearing their voices as they joined us at the podium is a beautiful memory we won't soon forget!
In the afternoon, parents, students and advocates FILLED the seats in the Senate Education Policy hearing! DD-MN had a powerful testimony with Lyn Haselmann, Dr. Amy Schulting, John Alexander, Jane Conlin, Amanda Cocoran, Luca Preza, and Johanna Honsa testifying on behalf of SF 453.
Star Tribune Journalist, Jean Hopfensperger, has attended Dyslexia Day the past three years and covered the event. See the article here.
Visit our Facebook page for lots of video and photos of the day. If you took pictures, please post on our page.
A big THANK YOU to everyone, especially our children, for helping DD-MN drive change for Minnesota's children!!