Dyslexia Supports

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Ohio's Dyslexia Guidebook now available

The Department is pleased to announce Ohio’s Dyslexia Guidebook is now available. As required by Ohio law, Ohio’s Dyslexia Guidebook contains best practices and methods for universal screening, intervention and remediation for children with dyslexia or children displaying dyslexic characteristics and tendencies. Districts and schools should use the guidebook to access critical information for successful implementation of Ohio's dyslexia support laws.

The Department will develop additional resources and guidance to support schools and districts. The FAQ page will be updated as needed.

For questions about Ohio’s Dyslexia Guidebook or Ohio’s dyslexia support laws, please contact Dyslexia@education.ohio.gov.

Recent Updates

Federal Funding Guidance: This document contains federal funding guidance for districts and schools to use federal Title funds, IDEA Part B School-aged Special Education funds (ages 3-21) and IDEA Part B Early Childhood Special Education funds (ages 3-5) to implement Ohio’s Dyslexia Support laws.

The next Ohio Dyslexia Committee meeting will be on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

House Bill 436 mandated a cost analysis report to ascertain the potential financial costs incurred by school districts to implement Ohio's dyslexia support laws. The final Cost Study Analysis is now available to download as well as the accompanying Appendix with detailed information.

Download the Dyslexia Law Requirements for Districts and Schools document to review the timeline of specific requirements starting in the 2022-2023 school year.

On January 9, 2021, Governor Mike DeWine signed a set of laws strengthening dyslexia supports for Ohio’s children. The new dyslexia support laws establish dyslexia screening measures (ORC 3323.251), professional development for identifying dyslexia and instructing students with dyslexia (ORC 3319.077)a multi-sensory structured literacy certification process for teachers (ORC 3319.078) and the Ohio Dyslexia Committee (ORC 3323.25). The following is a summary of the new set of laws:

  • Requires the Ohio Department of Education to establish the Ohio Dyslexia Committee consisting of 11 members;
  • Requires the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to develop a dyslexia guidebook for screening, intervention and remediation for children with dyslexia or displaying dyslexic characteristics and tendencies;
  • Requires the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to prescribe the number of clock hours of dyslexia-related professional development required for teachers;
  • Permits the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to make recommendations regarding ratios of students to teachers who have received certification in identifying and addressing dyslexia, the school personnel who should receive the certification and whether professional development requirements should include completing a practicum;
  • Requires the Department, in collaboration with the Ohio Dyslexia Committee, to identify screening and intervention measures that evaluate the literacy skills of students using a multi-sensory structured literacy program;
  • Requires school districts and other public schools to administer annual dyslexia screenings beginning in the 2022-2023 school year;
  • Phases in over three years dyslexia-related professional development requirements for public school teachers;
  • Requires school districts and other public schools, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, to establish a multi-sensory structured literacy certification process for teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Modified: 5/18/2022 8:28:25 AM