(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall convene a dyslexia advisory council to advise the superintendent on matters relating to dyslexia in an academic setting. The council must include interested stakeholders including, but not limited to, literacy and dyslexia experts, special education experts, primary school teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, representatives of school boards, and representatives of nonprofit organizations with expertise in dyslexia. Members of the council must serve without compensation.
(2) By June 1, 2019, the council must identify and describe screening tools and resources that satisfy developmental and academic criteria, including considerations of validity and reliability, that indicate typical literacy development or dyslexia, taking into account typical child neurological development, and report this information to the superintendent of public instruction.
(3) By June 1, 2020, the council must develop recommendations and report to the superintendent of public instruction regarding:
(a) Best practices for school district implementation of screenings as required under RCW 28A.320.260
, including trainings for school district staff conducting the screenings;
(b) Best practices for using multitiered systems of support to provide interventions as required under RCW 28A.320.260
, including trainings for school district staff in instructional methods specifically targeting students' areas of weakness;
(c) Sample educational information for parents and families related to dyslexia that includes a list of resources for parental support; and
(d) Best practices to address the needs of students above grade two who show indications of, or areas of weakness associated with, dyslexia.
(4) By January 15, 2022, the council must review school district implementation of screenings and their use of multitiered systems of support to provide interventions as required under RCW 28A.320.260
, and report to the superintendent of public instruction with updates on its recommendations for the best practices and sample educational information required under subsection (3) of this section.
(5) This section expires August 1, 2023.