The Specific Learning Disability Guidance Document
is complete. The purpose of this document is to assist schools in
conducting appropriate and comprehensive educational evaluations for
students suspected of having a specific learning disability (SLD).
Additionally, this guidance document will provide an overview of
Kentucky’s SLD eligibility determination requirements, clarify the
evaluation components and criteria, and answer frequently asked
questions from the field as they relate to students with a SLD. The SLD
eligibility determination process is a systematic approach that schools
use to determine whether a student does or does not have a SLD as
defined in the state regulations. SLD means a disorder that adversely
affects the ability to acquire, comprehend, or apply reading,
mathematical, writing, reasoning, listening, or speaking skills to the
extent that specially designed instruction is required to benefit from
education. The specific learning disability (LD) may include dyslexia,
dyscalculia, dysgraphia, developmental aphasia, and perceptual/motor
disabilities. The term does not include deficits that are the result of
other primary determinant or disabling factors such as vision, hearing,
motor impairment, mental disability, emotional-behavioral disability,
environmental or economic disadvantaged, cultural factors, limited
English proficiency, or lack of relevant research-based instruction in
the deficit area. 707 KAR 1:002 Section 1 (59). The intended use of this
document is to assist schools in conducting appropriate and
comprehensive educational evaluations for students suspected of having a
specific learning disability SLD.
For additional information please contact Division of Learning Services at (502)564-4970.
We hope you find this a helpful resource.