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Grand Forks Public Schools Awarded Dyslexia Grant

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

November 27, 2019

Grand Forks Public Schools Awarded Dyslexia Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has been awarded an $87,390 grant from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to explore the best ways to identify and serve students who have dyslexia.

Dyslexia affects parts of the brain that processes and interprets language. It influences a person’s ability to speak, read, and spell. Experts say early recognition of dyslexia is important to help students adjust and live up to their potential as adults.

“Research indicates that as many as one in five students have dyslexia, and it is important that we identify who they are early in their young lives,” said North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler. “Although dyslexia affects a person’s ability to read, there is no link between dyslexia and general intelligence. With the right supports, students with dyslexia can adjust and thrive.”

Earlier this year, the North Dakota Legislature set aside up to $250,000 to provide grants for school districts to conduct dyslexia screening programs. Also receiving grants were the Kindred Consortium ($92,010) and West River Student Services of Dickinson ($50,000).

Each of the organizations will establish early screenings for students under age 7, as well as provide reading assistance and regular progress monitoring for students who are found to have dyslexia.

They will report annually to Baesler about the results of their programs. The superintendent is required to brief the Legislature about the projects’ effectiveness by July 2021.