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SLD Definition and Eligibility

State-Initiated, Federally Funded Special Education Programs

Specific Learning Disabilities Definition

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) is defined in Minnesota Rule 3525.1341 as meaning 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…

The disorder is manifested by interference with the acquisition, organization, storage, retrieval, manipulation, or expression of information so that the child does not learn at an adequate rate for the child’s age or to meet state approved grade-level standards when provided with the usual developmental opportunities and instruction from a regular school environment and is demonstrated primarily in academic functioning, but may also affect other developmental, functional, and life adjustment areas.

Districts in Minnesota can choose which of the two available criteria to use when identifying students as having a Specific Learning Disability (see chart below).

Chart 1 Specific Learning Disabilities Eligibility Criteria

Description below of the above graphic chart 1:

Specific Learning Disabilities Eligibility Criteria

A: Inadequate Achievement in response to appropriate instruction: In one or more eight areas not due to exclusionary factors. Reported as pattern of strengths and weaknesses. B: Basic Psychological Processing documented across multiple settings using a variety of sources. C: Severe Discrepancy between intellectual ability and achievement.

Specific Learning Disabilities Eligibility Criteria

A: Inadequate Achievement in response to appropriate instruction: In one or more eight areas not due to exclusionary factors. Including, lack of adequate progress when using a system of SRBI. B: Basic Psychological Processing documented across multiple settings using a variety of sources. D: Inadequate Rate of Progress over 12 data points over seven weeks using repeated measures: Minimal rate of improvement, Progress not maintained, Performance below expectation and Achievement below fifth percentile.)

This initiative is made possible in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding CFDA 84.027A Special Education—Grants to States.

Contact Information

For more information about support for your district or having a team become part of this metro SLD Leadership group, contact:

Jan Parkman, Region 11 (Metro Region) SLD Coordinator
612 638-1556, jan.parkman@metroecsu.org


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Metro Specific Learning Disability Project

Metro ECSU, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education, provides support and assistance to students with Specific Learning Disabilities. For more information go to the Specific Learning Disability Project page.

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