The definition of dyslexia adopted by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) states: “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Dyslexia Video Series
This four-part video series begins with an
overview of the definition and characteristics of dyslexia, followed by an
explanation of the relationship between reading development and dyslexia. Next,
common questions about dyslexia and services offered under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are answered. The series ends with a
description of what a structured literacy approach to reading instruction means,
and what this looks like for students with dyslexia. The videos are designed to
be viewed sequentially.
To access the summaries of each video and a sharable flyer, click here.
To access the recordings of the four-part webinar series, Unraveling Dyslexia: A Closer Look at the GaDOE Dyslexia Video Series, click here. In each webinar, Dr. Sayeski “unraveled” the content presented in each video. Dr. Sayeski and Dr. Lindstrom then answered questions to further clarify the information presented and provided guidance on how best to support students with dyslexia in the school setting.
As of May 2019, Governor Kemp signed
Senate Bill 48 into law. SB48 provides for identification of and support for students in kindergarten through third grade with dyslexia.
GaDOE hosted a Dyslexia Pilot District Panel webinar series in January and March, 2023. This two-part webinar series provided an opportunity for teachers and administrators to learn from representatives from the Dyslexia Pilot Districts. In Session 1, attendees heard directly from district representatives about how the pilot affected their core reading instruction, screening for dyslexia and other reading difficulties, intervention, progress monitoring, and the use of student data for instruction and intervention. Representatives also shared their districts’ successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the pilot so far. In Session 2, district representatives shared information about their Dyslexia leadership teams, professional learning support, and instructional shifts that have occurred since the inception of the pilot. Attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions of the pilot district representatives and Statewide Dyslexia Coordinator.
Webinar recordings, power point presentations, and the Dyslexia Planning and Discussion Guide are below:
GaPSC Approved Dyslexia Endorsement Programs (Updated on 9/06/2022)
Please contact the program provider or refer to
GAPSC Approved Dyslexia Endorsement Programs for updates and further information. For information about the Dyslexia Endorsement, contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
If you are a public school educator in Georgia looking for a dyslexia endorsement program approved by the state, please be sure to read the newly created (released 12/7/2021) guidance document regarding selecting one of these approved dyslexia endorsement programs: GaDOE Dyslexia Endorsement Program Guidance Document.
Georgia's Dyslexia Pilot Program
Per Senate Bill 48, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the State School Superintendent shall establish a three-year pilot program to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of early reading assistance programs for students with risk factors for dyslexia.
The Dyslexia Pilot Program consists of the following districts:
1. Charlton County School District
2. City Schools of Decatur
3. DeKalb County School District
4. Jackson County School District
5. Marietta City Schools
6. Muscogee County School District
7. Ware County School District
Resources to Support Georgia's Dyslexia Pilot Program can be found below:
Parent Information Resources
The following websites offer parent friendly resources concerning dyslexia.
The link to access archived dyslexia professional learning sessions can be found here.