Reading Foundational Skills Curriculum Adoption Preview

Issaquah School District is reaching the conclusion of a 2-year process of selecting new curriculum to teach K-5 reading foundational skills.  This curriculum adoption process is designed to select assessments and instructional materials to meet the following learning needs:

  • Early identification of reading difficulties.  This adoption includes the selection of a literacy screener to identifying reading difficulties associated with dyslexia.
  • Core curriculum for teaching phonics, phonological awareness and developing reading fluency.
  • Evidence based, general education* interventions to address the learning needs of students with dyslexia or reading difficulties associated with dyslexia.

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About Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin and that is characterized by unexpected difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities that are not consistent with the person's intelligence, motivation, and sensory capabilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological components of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (E2SSB 6162)

This definition of dyslexia is adopted by the 65th WA State Legislature, 2018 Regular Session.


In 2018 the Washington State Legislature passed E2SSB 6162 establishing a state definition of dyslexia and directing schools to develop and implement a plan for addressing the needs of students with dyslexia or reading challenges consistent with dyslexia.

Parallel to the legislative work Issaquah Schools has been engaged in three related bodies of work:

  1. A study of our academic interventions. Dating back to 2016-17.
  2. The development of a plan for implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Dating back to 2015, starting with MTSS for positive behavior supports.
  3. Training and planning for:
    1. Culturally Responsive Practices
    2. Trauma Informed Practices
    3. Inclusive Practices

This page is being developed to provide updates on our planning and alignment of ongoing work to meet the needs of students with dyslexia or reading difficulties consistent with dyslexia.


Date Actions Notes / Completion
2017-18 Lexia Core 5 Reading pilot Initiated a pilot of Lexia to provide an alternative approach to intervention for students with reading difficulties associated with dyslexia
2018-19 Specialist and Coach training on dyslexia
Spring – Fall 2019 Dyslexia resources & training:
  • Renewed training on use of adopted curriculum and instructional strategies
  • Additional resources developed for supplemental small group instruction
November 2019 Start ISD MTSS Administrative Leadership Team To inform the development of an integrated MTSS implementation plan.
December 2019
Start Reading Foundational Skills Adoption To be completed by spring 2021
Fall – winter 2019-20 Lexia review and training for Title/LAP staff 
Jan - April 2020 Lexia expansion First expanded for Title/LAP access
Next expanded for access for all students as part of ISD remote learning plan
June 2020 Reading Foundational Skills Adoption: Field Test Materials announced Reading Foundational Skills Adoption
June 2020First Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum See below for more information on this event
November 2020 – February 2021Reading Foundational Skills Adoption Field Testing

Estimated. Adjustment may be needed due to modified school schedule due to COVID


  • Screening assessment
  • Universal/Core instructional material
  • Small group supplemental classroom learning resources
  • Targeted intervention resources
May 2021Reading Foundational Skill Adoption Final Selection / Adoption recommendation  
June– September 2021Reading Foundational Skills Initial Teacher Training  


Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum Series

The Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum is an ongoing series of meetings providing the opportunity for families and parties invested in our students with dyslexia to learn about ISD planning and development of resources and programs to support students with dyslexia and to provide input to ISD staff.

Meeting 1: June 4, 2020

Our first forum was held via Zoom.

Meeting 2: UPDATED: November 10, 2020

On November 10th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, Issaquah Schools hosted an online, interactive experience, geared toward Family AND Staff, to deepen our understanding of and shared commitment to addressing the needs of our students with dyslexia. 

Dr. Alicia Roberts Frank, Regional Dyslexia Specialist with Educational Service District 113, will facilitated the event. 

Event Description:  Dyslexia represents the most common and most prevalent of all known learning disabilities and impacts approximately 1 in 5 individuals.  Research has shown that the brains of individuals with dyslexia show structural and functional variations, which explain why some individuals struggle to master reading, writing, spelling and occasionally math, despite their intelligence and effort.  This workshop will provide participants an experience of what it feels like to struggle with academic skills related to dyslexia.

To view the video of this event please click here.  If asked for a passcode: F&6K%k7m 

Links from the event:

Check back later as we add resources from this event.


ISD is anchoring its approach to serving the needs of students with dyslexia in the following bodies of work:

ISD Resources

Additional Resources for Learning about Dyslexia

OSPIspecific information about dyslexia Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Working with the state's 295 public school districts and 6 state-tribal education compact schools, OSPI allocates funding and provides tools, resources, and technical assistance so every student in Washington is provided a high-quality public education.
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativityspecific information about dyslexia The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity aspires to increase awareness of dyslexia and its true nature, specifically to illuminate the creative and intellectual strengths of those with dyslexia, to disseminate the latest scientific research and practical resources, and to transform the treatment of all dyslexic children and adults.
Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr. Sally Shaywitz ordering informationDr. Sally Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that can enable anyone to overcome them.
International Dyslexia Associationspecific information about dyslexiaThe IDA aims to create a future for all individual who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.
LD Onlinespecific information about dyslexiaLD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
Learning Disabilities Association of America
specific information about dyslexiaLDS’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities through support, education and advocacy.