Mike Town, one of Tesla STEM High School’s founding teachers, is a recipient of the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community.
Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
The district continues to use the severe discrepancy approach for identifying students with a SLD.
Under the IDEA and its implementing regulations “specific learning disability” is defined, in part, as “a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.” The list of conditions under the definition “specific learning disability” is not exhaustive. However, regardless of whether a child has dyslexia or any other condition explicitly included in the definition of “specific learning disability,” or has a condition such as dyscalculia or dysgraphia not listed expressly in the definition, the District must conduct an evaluation to determine whether that child meets the criteria for eligibility under the specific learning disability category.