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Dyslexia Task Force


This task force, established by the Iowa General Assembly in 2018 (SF 2360), “shall submit a report regarding its findings and recommendations relating to dyslexia…no later than November 15, 2019.” The task force report includes:

  1. An overview of the symptoms and effects of dyslexia
  2. An overview of current practices related to dyslexia response in Iowa schools
  3. A description of current concerns relating to dyslexia response identified by members of the task force
  4. Recommendation of any proposed legislation or rulemaking or any additional personnel or funding needed to address the needs of Iowa students with dyslexia
  5. Recommendations relating to dyslexia response for specific stakeholder groups, including but not limited to parents, educators, administrators, school boards, and institutes of higher education
  6. A suggested timeline for implementation of the task force’s recommendations


Iowa Dyslexia Task Force Executive Summary

Iowa Dyslexia Task Force: Report to the Legislature

Contact one of the following Dyslexia Task Force members with questions regarding the report:

Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Meeting Notes

Nov. 14, 2019

Nov. 5, 2019

Oct. 18, 2019

Oct. 9, 2019

Sept. 19, 2019

August 28, 2019

July 19, 2019

June 4, 2019

May 2, 2019

April 16, 2019

  • This was a series of small-group meetings and no formal agenda was developed.

March 8, 2019

  • This was a series of small-group meetings and no formal agenda was developed.

February 28, 2019

February 5, 2019 - Meeting held virtually.

  • This was a series of small-group meetings and no formal agenda was developed.

January 18, 2019 - Meeting held virtually.

December 14, 2018

November 30, 2018

November 21-28, 2018 Iowa Dyslexia Task Force Small-Group Agendas - Small group meetings will be held via desk-top conferencing. Contact David Tilly for login information for each session to join.

November 1, 2018

Organizational Meetings - Two organizational meetings, one on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and a second on Wednesday, Oct. 10, will be held via Zoom video conferencing. The meetings are scheduled from 8-10 a.m. each day.


  • Lonna Anderson, Ottumwa Community School District
  • Helen Blitvich, Decoding Dyslexia Iowa
  • Amy Conrad, University of Iowa
  • Sue Etscheidt, University of Northern Iowa
  • Katie Greving, Decoding Dyslexia Iowa
  • Elizabeth Hoksbergen, Apples of Gold Center for Learning, Inc.
  • Erin Klopstad, Nevada Community School District
  • Cindy Lewis, Pleasant Valley Community School District
  • Nina Lorimor-Easley, Decoding Dyslexia Iowa
  • Kirstin Orton, Heartland Area Education Agency
  • Deborah Reed, Iowa Reading Research Center
  • Kim Schmidt, Odebolt Arthur Battle Creek Ida Grove Community School District
  • David Tilly, Iowa Department of Education

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 30, 2020 at 1:43am.