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Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that affect how a student reads and interprets sounds, letters and words.
The hope is that an emphasis on dyslexia will help address elementary school reading proficiency scores that saw a statewide drop during the pandemic.
Because of the new law, districts across Ohio are required to send their teachers through heavy training in new standards around dyslexia. The new development standards can entirely change the way the district approaches reading. It also means teachers have new standards to learn, which has been a burden for some districts.
Montgomery County Education Services Center superintendent Shannon Cox said students who aren’t proficient readers and face hurdles like dyslexia can face challenges in the rest of school, when subjects like science and history require a lot of reading. Those students may need more support than their peers to get to where they need to be, she said.
“We know we’re always going to have some kids that are just wired a different way,” Cox said. “But that shouldn’t be the norm. We should still be doing something on their behalf or for them, which is where this dyslexia law kind of came into play.”