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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 Updates

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.

Upcoming Action Items:

  • Dyslexia Handbook (Dec. 2019)
  • Professional Learning resource list (Feb. 2020)
  • Pilot (pilot applications Oct.- Nov. 2019; pilot study from 2020-21 through 2022-23)

If your school system would like to participate in the three-year pilot, then you may submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) no later than November 15. Senate Bill 48 requires the State Superintendent to select at least three school systems in the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that the Request for Proposal includes required criteria and assurances necessary to demonstrate minimum eligibility for pilot consideration. Below, you will find the Georgia Dyslexia Pilot RFP Rubric, which will be used to score the proposals, along with the Request for Proposal.

For information about the Dyslexia Endorsement, contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Online Resources:

Parent Information Resources:

The following websites offer parent friendly resources concerning dyslexia.


 Contact Information


Zelphine Smith-Dixon, Ed.D.
State Director,
Special Education Services and Supports

Belinda Tiller
Special Education,
Program Specialist
Phone: (404) 656-3963

Franeka Colley, Ed.S.
Content Integration,
Special Education Program Specialist
Phone: (404) 657-2461


 Dyslexia Informational Handbook


 Professional Learning Opportunities