You Asked! Question 20

Q20:  I understand that the California Department of Education has released dyslexia guidelines.  Do you have a summary of these guidelines that I can share with my school district?

A:  Yes.  You are correct the California Department of Education released statewide dyslexia guidelines on August 14, 2017 by posting them on their website.  For your convenience, Decoding Dyslexia CA has summarized the highlights of the California Dyslexia Guidelines into a 2-page document that can be downloaded and shared.

The 119-page complete version of the guidelines can be found on CDE’s website here.


You Asked! Question 16

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Q:  Does my school district need to wait for the statewide dyslexia guidelines to be issued before they implement dyslexia specific trainings and appropriate Structured Literacy interventions?

A:  No, in fact, the California Department of Education (CDE) has been presenting across the state and their presentation slides specifically state that districts should NOT wait for the dyslexia guidelines before acting.  The CDE also states it is okay for school districts to use the term “dyslexia”.

It may be helpful to share a copy of CDE’s presentation with your school district (especially page 10).  You can also access a complete copy of the CA Dyslexia Guidelines Dyslexia here. Dyslexia has appeared in the federal education code for decades and is specifically mentioned several times in the California Education Code.  For further resources, please read You Asked Q8.

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