Here are the facts about dyslexia and our schools:
1. One in five students struggle with dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling and/or poor writing. Not all of these students will qualify for special education, but they are likely to struggle with many aspects of academic learning and are likely to benefit from systematic, explicit, instruction in reading, writing, and language. (http://www.interdys.org/ewebeditpro5/upload/DyslexiaBasicsREVMay2012.pdf)
2. Three out of four elementary teacher preparation programs still are not teaching the methods of reading instruction that could substantially lower the number of children who never become proficient readers. Virtually no secondary school preparation programs include curricula about reading and written language instruction in spite of the fact that dyslexia is a life-long issue. (http://www.nctq.org/dmsView/Teacher_Prep_Review_2013_Report)
3. Students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers, according to a study over time of nearly 4,000 students nationally.
4. If students are screened and provided appropriate intervention for dyslexia before third grade, they will learn to read and would need fewer interventions throughout their school career and after graduation. Knowing how to read often provides students the support they need to access the curriculum, learn, graduate and get a job.