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Colorado’s dyslexia screening pilot program is off to a shaky start

The pilot program comes amid ongoing state efforts to improve reading instruction and keep struggling readers from slipping through the cracks

Kindergarteners work together during a reading intervention session Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Katie Hoiland's kindergarten classroom at Aragon Elementary in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. (Mark Reis, Special to The Colorado Sun)

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat Colorado. More at chalkbeat.org.

The statewide dyslexia screening pilot program authorized by a 2019 Colorado law will launch this summer with three schools — short of the five schools state officials originally envisioned.

The schools are Ignacio Elementary in southwestern Colorado, Singing Hills Elementary in Parker, and the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning, a charter school for gifted students in Colorado Springs. The state education department released the names Monday and a department spokesman said a fourth school might be added later this week.

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The pilot program comes amid ongoing state efforts to improve reading instruction and keep struggling readers from slipping through the cracks, but some advocates wonder how broadly applicable the results will be and whether the pilot will yield an approach that can be easily replicated.

“At this juncture, doing it in three schools, knowing one is a gifted and talented school, we really don’t want this pilot to go forward,” said Karin Johnson, a co-chair of the statewide dyslexia advocacy group COKID.

She said the group instead wants a universal statewide dyslexia screening program.

“We screen kids for vision and for hearing, and dyslexia is, to us, in that same category,” said Johnson, who is also a member of the state’s Dyslexia Working Group.

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