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.
The Arkansas Department of Education (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.
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. Dyslexia professional awareness can be accessed online, at an education service cooperative, or at another venue approved by the ADE. Dyslexia: A Three Part Professional Development is a one-hour online course available at ArkansasIdeas.
The ADE is currently providing professional development for dyslexia contacts at each education cooperative. The dyslexia contacts are available to provide necessary information and support to local districts. For a list of the dyslexia contacts, click here
The ADE has established an email address specifically for dyslexia communication. Please email all dyslexia questions or comments to ADE.Dyslexia@arkansas.gov
For more information, please contact:
Vicki King, Certified Academic Language Therapist, Qualified Instructor, Dyslexia Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 404-B
Little Rock, AR 72201