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Two Interim Studies on Dyslexia in 2016

Posted by Sarah England on 10/12/2016

Two Interim Studies on Dyslexia in 2016

Interim Studies 16-036 and 16-058 addressed the current status of SB 1565, passed in 2012, and the quality of life for students with dyslexia in Oklahoma. Payne Education Center and others shared with legislators the progress made in securing institutions of Higher Education to participate in the SB 1565 pilot study to implement Multisensory Structured Language in teacher preparation programs and what struggles students with dyslexia face in Oklahoma's public schools. Representatives Ann Coody and Mike Shelton proposed these studies and have been instrumental in ensuring the dyslexic voice is heard in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and across the State.

Interim Study 16-058

Interim study to examine the 5-year plan by Oklahoma public universities’ colleges of education to prepare teacher candidates to be competent teachers able to address the reading/literacy educational needs of the 20% of Oklahoma students who struggle to read due to the neurological learning condition of dyslexia.

Presentations were made by:

  • Carrie Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director, Payne Education Center: Report on Oklahoma teacher preparation programs and SB 1565 (passed in 2012) status
  • Jeanene Barnett, Ph.D. Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education: Programs offered by SDE in relation to dyslexia and struggling readers
  • Andrea Kunkel, General Counsel, Cooperative Council for School Administrators & Executive Director, OK Directors of Special Services: Status update of SB 1565 and the outcomes made by the Reading Task Force that was requested by Rep. Ann Coody and Rep. Casey in 2014 to establish a plan of implementation of SB 1565
  • Justin Milner, Director of Special Services, Norman PS: Report on challenges Norman PS faces in providing additional professional development to new teachers in order for teachers to be prepared for the classroom
  • Nancy Goosen, Legislative and Policy Liaison, ODSS and Director of Special Services, Edmond Public Schools: Report on tiered intervention and special education classification for struggling readers

Interim Study 16-036

Effect of dyslexia on youth and looking at other states’ models and scientific models.

Presentations were made by:

  • Carrie Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director, Payne Education Center: Report on the need to help students with dyslexia, and the systems that support that change, as well as other university programs including Mississippi College and Midwestern State University in Texas
  • Michelle Keiper, Founding Member, Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma: Detailed the effect dyslexia has on youth in Oklahoma 
  • Kendra and Nathaniel Anderson, Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma Parent and Student: Detail the logistical, emotional, and financial difficulties that accompany students in an Oklahoma Public School system
  • Renee McFarland, Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma Educator in Sand Springs: Explain what is like being an educator to a child with dyslexia and how regular and special education teachers are unprepared to work with this student population

Audio from the House Education Committee during these Interim Studies can be found on the Oklahoma House of Representatives website.