The Arkansas State Legislature enacted Act 1294 of the 2013 regular session to ensure that children with dyslexia have their needs met by all Arkansas public school systems. This act was codified as A.C.A. § 6-41-601. This code defines dyslexia, describes required screening and intervention, and lists required actions of the state, education cooperatives, and school districts.
No later than the 2014-15 school year, all teachers must receive professional awareness on the indicators of dyslexia and the science behind teaching students with dyslexia. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is currently providing professional development for dyslexia regional contacts at each education cooperative.
The ADE is also currently researching programs of study and certification for dyslexia therapists. No later than the 2015-16 academic year, a school district shall have individuals to serve as dyslexia interventionists.
The ADE DRAFT Dyslexia Resource Guide provides information and guidance on implementing the law and providing support for meeting the needs of children with dyslexia. ADE will maintain and update this guide as needed. Draft revision suggestions or questions should be directed to Vicki King (see below for contact information).