In 2013, the Arkansas Legislature passed ACT 1294 to ensure that children with the characteristics of dyslexia would have their needs met by the state's public school system.
In 2015, ACT 1268 expanded this initiative by modifying the requirements concerning dyslexia screenings, and clarifying actions required by the state, educational cooperatives, and school districts.
In October of 2016, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) updated the rules governing the implementation of ACT 1268. These updated rules provided further clarification, guidance, and instruction on how to meet the needs of students showing characteristics of dyslexia.
In April of 2017, the Arkansas Legislature passed ACT 1039 to further amend and clarify code provisions regarding dyslexia screenings and intervention, and to add specific enforcement provisions tied to school accreditation. It also added new public posting requirements. The information on this page meets or exceeds all public posting requirements.
All Arkansas public schools must have an Intervention Program in place to assist any students identified as having characteristics of dyslexia. The Jasper School District primarily uses the Barton Reading and Spelling System, developed by internationally-recognized expert, Susan Barton. For students not yet ready for the Barton program, we use the LiPS® phoneme sequencing program from Lindamood-Bell.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the Jasper School District identified a total of 55 students* showing characteristics of dyslexia. All of these students were placed in the Jasper School District's approved intervention program. Specific numbers by campus were:
Jasper Elementary School = 15 students identified; 15 students served
Jasper High School = 9 students identified; 9 students served
Kingston Elementary School = 14 students identified; 14 students served
Kingston High School = 9 students identified; 9 students served
Oark Elementary School = 8 students identified; 8 students served
Oark High School = no students identified
*Note: These are composite totals for the 2016-2017 school year. Due to student transfers in and out of the district, these numbers may be slightly different from the final numbers on the state report.
All Arkansas public schools must have trained Dyslexia Interventionists on staff. The Dyslexia Interventionists for the Jasper School District are:
Jasper High School = Missy Williams
Jasper Elementary School = Cynthia Clark
Kingston Schools = Keesha Tolbert
Oark Schools = Pam Linker
In addition, Pattie Wheeler (the dyslexia specialist at the OUR Educational Cooperative) serves as our regional reading specialist.
All Arkansas public schools are required to conduct initial screening in Kindergarten through 2nd grade for indicators of Dyslexia. In addition, all schools are required to screen any student in the 3rd - 12th grade who appears to be experiencing difficulty (as noted by a classroom teacher).
Screening tools used by the Jasper School District may include iStation (online assessment of reading skills), DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), DSA (Developmental Spelling Analysis), AR-RAN (Arkansas Rapid Automatized Naming Screener), CTOPP2 (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing), and WJ IV (Woodcock-Johnson tests) as needed.
DYSLEXIA RESOURCE GUIDE
The Arkansas Department of Education has created a Dyslexia Resource Guide to provide guidance for districts, schools, and teachers as they seek to effectively meet Arkansas code provisions regarding Dyslexia screening and intervention. In addition to Dyslexia specifics, it also outlines the relationship of Dyslexia Intervention to RTI, and how this combination meets IDEA (the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The Jasper School District is in full compliance with all provisions of this Guide.