Article – “Last year was devastating”: San Francisco’s special ed challenge

by | Aug 27, 2021 | Accessibility, Assesment and Screening, Dyslexia, Early Childhood, Education, Specific Disability


photo: Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner

photo: Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner

San Francisco parents of children with dyslexia are featured in this article about universal dyslexia screening; Plus some exciting work our district is doing to make dyslexia interventions more available to students.
Read the Article (SF Examiner)

Several experts have criticized the school district’s system for screening for learning disabilities including dyslexia, known as Fountas & Pinnell, which “the field considers to be a highly flawed screener,” according to Steve Carnevale, founder of the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

But the solution must go beyond screening. Teachers must be trained and supported, and strategic remediations and curricula must also be implemented.

There’s a long road ahead, but things are slowly beginning to shift. […]

“A decade ago I don’t think the education system got it,” Carnevale said. “But I’ve been working closely with the president of the San Francisco school board and other parents who are involved, and everybody is on board and starting to work closely with UCSF and we’re having deep conversations about how we do all of this.”