Governor signs bill to screen every public school student for dyslexia

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Dyslexia testing Courtesy: Will & Deni Mcintyre

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to be screened for dyslexia.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/292f23q ) reports that Nixon signed the bill last week. Screenings for the learning disorder are to start in the 2018-19 school year. The screenings are meant to be informal and brief.

The bill also says teachers must receive two hours of training on methods to address dyslexia. A 20-member task force will recommend how classroom accommodations should be delivered.

Kim Stuckey, a dyslexia specialist for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, says that school officials are going to create better awareness about dyslexia.