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Oklahoma Lays Groundwork To Screen Early Elementary Students For Dyslexia

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Dyslexia affects as many as one in five children.

Oklahoma is now laying the groundwork to screen every child for the learning disorder.

Starting in the 2022-23 school year, every Kindergarten through third grade student who is reading below grade level will be screened for dyslexia.

The State Board of Education voted to approve screening assessment providers in its Thursday meeting. School districts will have the upcoming school year to determine which assessment they want to use.

The screening comes amid a yearslong push to increase dyslexia resources in Oklahoma schools that includes a new dyslexia handbook and resources for teachers to recognize the most common learning disorder.

Robby Korth grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a journalism degree.
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