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About Dyslexia

OSPI uses the definition of dyslexia adopted by the 65th WA State Legislature, 2018 Regular Session.

Dyslexia means a specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin and that is characterized by unexpected difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities that are not consistent with the person's intelligence, motivation, and sensory capabilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological components of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (E2SSB 6162)​

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Past Dyslexia Summaries and Reports

What's New


The Dyslexia Advisory Council will convene for the first time in the fall of 2018 (E2SSB 6162 and Bulletin BO46-18). The council will be comprised of individuals from across the state and chosen through an application process (https://bit.ly/2Jve5Eh) that will commence June 5, 2018 and close on July 12, 2018. Notification of appointment to the council will be done by August 10, 2018.



   Updated 6/15/2018

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