SB 237 (Portantino)
SB 237 will help eliminate inequities of opportunity that thousands of students face by establishing a statewide policy of universal screening of K-2 students for risk of dyslexia. Without universal screening in every school district, only those students with sufficient resources and advocacy on their behalf will be identified as being at risk for dyslexia and receive the appropriate instruction and support they need to reach their full potential.
Without identification and support, students at risk for dyslexia are less likely to graduate high school and attend college, land the jobs they want, and face a greater risk of incarceration. In some prisons today, nearly 80% of the inmates are illiterate, and almost one-half of these are on the dyslexia spectrum.
SB 237 clearly places literacy for all students as a top priority of a more equitable education system. Currently, hundreds of thousands of at-promise students fall through the cracks. By screening all students for risk of dyslexia early, California can help families and teachers better understand their students’ learning challenges and provide early help to ensure each child can achieve their full potential, help close long standing academic achievement gaps and the school-to-prison pipeline.
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Take a moment to urge the California legislature to vote YES on SB 237 and provide students, parents and teachers with timely information they need to ensure every child has an equitable opportunity to succeed!
Specifically, SB 237 would:
Require the State develop an approved list of culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate screening tools to be used by schools to screen for risk of dyslexia.
Require all schools to screen students for risk of dyslexia in each of the grades K-2, inclusive.
Require results to be made available to teachers and parents in a timely fashion in order to better understand students’ challenges and adapt accordingly.
Allow parent(s)/guardian(s) to opt-out their child out of the screening.