• What is dyslexia?

    The following definition of dyslexia is the one Missouri has adopted.

    “Dyslexia, a disorder that is neurological in origin, characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities that typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language, often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction, and of which secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

    Why are districts discussing dyslexia?

    House Bill 2379/SB 638 was signed on June 22, 2016, which mandates screening for K-3 students, supports and accommodations for students who demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia, and two hours of Professional Development for all teachers.

    How does Wentzville identify students who may need support and accommodations?

    Wentzville currently uses a number of assessments to determine the individual skill levels of our students and to identify students who may require interventions in the areas of phonological/phonemic awareness and reading comprehension. The district will use the following assessments to determine if a student requires additional supports and accommodations.

    • Kindergarten and First Grade
      • Letter Identification & Sounds
      • Sight Words
      • Phonological Awareness Skills Test
      • Developmental Reading Assessment
      • Primary Spelling Inventory
    • Second Grade
      • Sight Words
      • Phonological Awareness Skills Test
      • Developmental Reading Assessment
      • Primary Spelling Inventory/Elementary Spelling Inventory
      • Reading Inventory
    • Third Grade
      • Developmental Reading Assessment
      • Elementary Spelling Inventory
      • Reading Inventory
    • Fourth Grade to Twelfth Grade
      • District Assessments specific to Grade Level
        • Developmental Reading Assessment
        • Phonics Inventory
        • Reading Inventory

     How is Wentzville supporting and accommodating students?

    Instruction, supports, accommodations, and interventions in the classroom will be matched to the specific needs of the individual student.

    If you have questions about your child’s progress and development, please contact his or her teacher.

    For more information visit Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at:

    https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/curriculum/dyslexia