Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention

Pilot Program 

On June 19, 2018 the Governor signed SB 776 into law!  SB 776 now becomes Act 37, 2018.

Thank You Senator Tomlinson for sponsoring this important legislation!!! 

On June 12, 2018 the PA State House passed SB 776!  The bill now moves to the Governor's desk for his signature! 

Representative Ed Neilson speaking in support of SB 776 in the State House! 

March 27, 2018  Pilot Update!  SB 776- Extension of the Pilot for Two More Years...

passed the State Senate!  Click here for Roll Call Vote.

Read More about the Pilot in Spring 2018 Edition of PB IDA Focus Magazine.

In the News:

Pen Argyl sees signs of success in elementary reading program based on research on dyslexia 

Update on the Pilot:

Click here to read an update! 




Parent Liaisons and PaTTAN Staff working on the Pilot

at the PDE Conference 2017.


Highlights of the Pilot:


-The program will operate in 3 school districts for 3 full school years.


-All incoming children who are enrolled in a full day Kindergarten will be screened. 


-The program will provide a multi-tier support system, using evidence-based intervention services for students with potential risk factors for early reading deficiencies and dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness, low letter and symbol naming and inability to remember sequences. 


-Teachers will be trained to provide intervention services that will include multi sensory structured language programs for students scoring below the benchmark and will provide timely targeted instruction and strategic re-teaching and intensive intervention in identified areas. 


-Following implementation and evaluation, the state Secretary of Education will submit an evaluation of the pilot program to the General Assembly, with recommendations to continue, expand or make changes to the program.


-The Pennsylvanian Department of Education would also determine whether programs of this type have the potential to reduce future special education costs in the state.


For more information see the link below:



History of the Dyslexia and Early Literacy


Intervention Pilot:


Act 69, 2014  


Gov. Tom Corbett, Lt. Gov. Cawley, Rep. Neilson and his family.
Gov. Tom Corbett, Lt. Gov. Cawley, Rep. Neilson and his family.


Sponsored by Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Philadelphia), The Dyslexia and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Corbett on June 26, 2014.  On June 30, 2014, the PA Department of Education, along with it’s Advisory Group, met to begin developing the guidelines and organizing the necessary details to prepare the pilot program which will be implemented in September 2015.

The Pilot will began Fall 2015 in the following school districts:


Millcreek Township


Governor Mifflin


Delaware Valley


Ellwood City




Blue Mountain


Pen Argyl





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