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Tama County Area Dyslexia Support Group meets at the Toledo Public Library

October 11, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Letters to the Editor:

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. In September, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a press release stating that Early Literacy Law's mandated screening (FAST) results of students who met or surpassed benchmarks "increased from 69.7 percent to 70.5 percent from fall 2017 to spring 2018." According to this data, 29.5 percent of students tested did not meet reading benchmarks.

Since Dyslexia research data and Governmental based literacy research data is rarely seen in the same article, I will do that for you to bring clarity to the issue of illiteracy.

If we assume that the 29.5 percent of students under benchmark are learning disabled, then the statement from Bennet Shaywitz, of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, claiming "90 percent of all learning disabilities are rooted in dyslexia," is relevant.

Also, the International Dyslexia Association states "perhaps as many as 15-20% of the population as a whole-have some of the symptoms of dyslexia." From this data, would it be wrong to conclude that our public education system does not take illiteracy seriously unless it addresses dyslexia within our public schools?

For more information, please attend the Tama County Area Dyslexia Support Group at the Toledo Public Library on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00am-10:30am.

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Carrie Keenan

Tama

 
 

 

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