[Please note that this blog has been updated since its original post date of January 20, 2024 to include the panel monthly meeting schedule and livestream information, as well as panel chair/vice chair appointments.]
On January 18, 2024, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a nine-person independent expert panel to develop evaluation criteria and subsequently, create an approved list of universal screening instruments for reading difficulties, including risk of dyslexia.
All school districts in California must select a universal screening instrument(s) off the state list by June 30, 2025 and implement mandatory annual kindergarten through grade two screening effective for the 2025-2026 school year.
The experts selected for this Reading Difficulties Risk Screener Selection Panel (RDRSSP) will meet monthly in open-to-the-public meetings and will serve a 2-year term.
The RDRSSP panel of experts is as follows:
A few key dates and actions to note:
For information on the RDRSSP governing policy, please click here.
In other related and important news, on January 10, 2024, the Governor’s Budget proposed $25 million of funding to support training for educators to administer K-2 universal screening for reading difficulties, including risk of dyslexia. For more details, click on the links below:
Stay tuned for more updates on universal screening legislation implementation in California… and as always, please encourage family, friends, and colleagues to sign up for DDCA emails to stay informed on all dyslexia-related efforts in California.