Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia Task Force – First Meeting

Anchorage – Monday, October 22 will mark the first official meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia authorized by the Alaska Legislature through House Bill 64 last session.  The twelve-member task force will meet to study the latest research on how children learn to read and look at ways to effectively put this knowledge into practice.

Approximately 47,000 students in Alaska did not meet state standards in 2015, leaving them insufficiently prepared for the challenges of the future. However, new research shows that even children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties can become excellent readers with the right approach to learning.

“The work of the task force will help us identify and promote the most effective learning techniques needed to improve reading scores for all students,”  said task force chair Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage).

The task force will also examine the effects of current Alaska statutes on reading proficiency and dyslexia, as well as researching practices in other jurisdictions. The task force will then make recommendations to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and education of children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties in Alaska. The task force’s final report is to be submitted by March 29 of next year.

The 12-member task force is made up of three members of the Alaska House of Representatives, three members of the Alaska State Senate, and six members of the public representing teachers, parents, students, administrators and nonprofit organizations.

The task force will be meeting at the Denali Conference Room on the first floor of the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at 1500 W. Benson Blvd. starting at 1:00 pm on Monday. Members of the public are encouraged to attend in person, watch online at http://akleg.gov/, or go to a local Legislative Information Office statewide.

For more information, please go to the task force website or contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Drew Cason at (907) 575-2068.