Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Academic Reading Course

Academic Reading
Academic Reading is an ADE-approved course that allows students exhibiting characteristics of dyslexia to receive interventions while earning a career focus credit toward graduation. In the course, teachers provide excerpts from grade-level texts for students to practice what they learn from their dyslexia interventions. Additional information such as class size and licensure requirements are provided on the introductory pages of the course.

Dyslexia Resources Video


Click on the image above to view a video and learn about valuable dyslexia resources, including the Dyslexia Resource Guide, a tool for schools and parents pertaining to dyslexia. It can be accessed to the right under related files. 

Rules Governing How to Meet the Needs of Children with Dyslexia

On July 15, 2016, the Arkansas State Board of Education gave final approval to the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing How to Meet the Needs of Children with Dyslexia.  To access these rules, which became effective Oct. 3, 2016, please go to Commissioner's Memo COM-17-021: Final Rules - How to Meet the Needs of Children with Dyslexia.

Dyslexia Resource Guide Updates

  • Sections III, IV, V, XI (Revised December 2017)
  • Appendix A: Glossary (Revised December 2017)
  • Section VI: Level II Dyslexia Screening and Appendix G: Assembling a Test Battery for a Level 2 Dyslexia Screener (Revised January 2016)
  • Appendix H: Programs, Training, and Resources (Removed November 2015)
  • Section XI: Reporting By School Districts (Revised October 2015)
  • Section XII: Special Education and Dyslexia (Revised October 2015)

2015 ADE Dyslexia Updates Presentation Archive

Following are the presentation materials from the Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Dyslexia Updates. For more information, please go to Commissioner's Memo LS-15-076.

Dyslexia Information

The Arkansas State Legislature enacted Act 1294 of the 2013 regular session to ensure that children with dyslexia have their needs met by all Arkansas public school systems.  ACT 1268 of 2015 amended parts of the original legislation.  The legislation defines dyslexia, describes required screening and intervention, and lists required actions of the state, education cooperatives, and school districts.  
Dyslexia professional awareness can be accessed online, at an education service cooperative, or at another venue approved by the ADE. Dyslexia: A Three Part Professional Development is a one-hour online course available at ArkansasIdeas.
The ADE is currently providing professional development for dyslexia specialists at each education service cooperative. The dyslexia specialists are available to provide necessary information and support to local districts. Access a list of dyslexia specialists
Please email all dyslexia questions or comments to

For more information, please contact:

Vicki King, Certified Academic Language Therapist, Qualified Instructor, Dyslexia Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-3213

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