Arkansas Department of Education Dyslexia Coding - Act 1268 of 2015 - A.C.A. 6-41-601 et al.

Memo Information

Memo Number
RT-16-003
Memo Date
9/1/2015
Memo Type
Informational
Section
Research & Technology
Regulatory Authority
ACT 1268 a.c.a 6-41-601
Response Required
NO
Attention
Federal Programs; Superintendents; Principals; Technology Coordinator; Test Coordinator; General Business Manager;

Contact Information

Memo Text

The following changes have been made in regards to dyslexia coding in APSCN:

Entering Student Information into eSchoolPlus

To indicate that a student has been evaluated and is receiving intervention services the dyslexia screen in eSchoolPLUS must be updated.  The menu path to get to this screen is Student Center>Medical>Dyslexia screen.  In order to access this menu path a user will need to have the following security resources: reg-maint (read-write) and med-maint-dental(read only).  This combination of resources will not allow access to the information within the Medical Center folder.   The field to update on the Dyslexia screen is “Receives Dyslexia Intervention”, a check mark in the field will indicate that the student is receiving an intervention.  This information will be collected in cycle 7 of each school year. 

Financial Information

There are two new functions for coding dyslexia expenditures.  The instructional function is 1565 and the non-instructional function is 2155.  Regarding the fund/function/object combinations allowed for your expenditures, please contact APSCN for assistance as needed.

  • Function 1565: Interventionist, Therapist, Specialist, Reading interventionist, certified teacher, tutor or paraprofessional working directly with students.

     

  • Function 2155: Interventionist, Therapist, Specialist, Reading interventionist, certified teacher, tutor or paraprofessional not working directly with students.

Job Codes

The following positions will provide dyslexia services to meet the requirements of the law: 

  • Dyslexia Interventionist:  This person may be licensed or non-licensed.  The licensed teacher may have any licensure code and will have a certified job code.  The non-licensed person will be identified using a classified job code.

     

  • Dyslexia Specialist:  This person may be a licensed or non-licensed educator who demonstrates expertise and completed or working to complete a program of study.  The licensed teacher may have any licensure code and will have a certified dyslexia job code.  The non-licensed person will be identified using a classified dyslexia job code.

     

  • Dyslexia Therapist: A professional who has completed training and obtained certification in dyslexia therapy from a dyslexia therapy training program defined by the Department of Education. This is a person who has added the dyslexia endorsement to a standard or ancillary license.Dyslexia Therapists will be identified with a licensure code of 527. Only a certified job code will be used for Dyslexia Therapists.

Districts will have to choose the appropriate job code based on whether or not they are using a licensed educator or a non-licensed educator and in the correct capacity.  

The following certified and non-certified job codes have been added for the above positions:

  • Dyslexia Interventionist: Certified Job Code #6042, Classified Job Code #481 
  • Dyslexia Specialist: Certified Job Code #6041, Classified Job Code #480 
  • Dyslexia Therapist: Certified Job Code #6040

For questions regarding specific dyslexia implementation contact Vicki King, ADE Dyslexia Specialist at Vicki.King@arkansas.gov.

 

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