Welcome! The Dyslexia and Early Literacy Screening Pilot Project
(Act 69, 2014) was conducted for 3 years in 8 school districts across Pennslyvania. This site is devoted to telling the story of the pilot implementation and sucess.
Highlights of the Pilot:
-The program will operate in 3 school districts for 3 full school years.
-All incoming children who are enrolled in a full day Kindergarten will be screened.
-The program will provide a multi-tier support system, using evidence-based intervention services for students with potential risk factors for early reading deficiencies and dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness, low letter and symbol naming and inability to remember sequences.
-Teachers will be trained to provide intervention services that will include multi sensory structured language programs for students scoring below the benchmark and will provide timely targeted instruction and strategic re-teaching and intensive intervention in identified areas.
-Following implementation and evaluation, the state Secretary of Education will submit an evaluation of the pilot program to the General Assembly, with recommendations to continue, expand or make changes to the program.
-The Pennsylvanian Department of Education would also determine whether programs of this type have the potential to reduce future special education costs in the state.