Specific Learning Disabilities

Specific Learning Disability (SLD) is a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using spoken or written language. The disability may be exhibited as an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. SLD also includes conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia and developmental aphasia. The current Minnesota Rule for SLD was adopted in September 2008.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) has named Kathy Steinmetz of Bagley Junior Senior High School in rural northern Minnesota as their Dixie Holen Teacher of the Year. To learn more about this award, CLD and the outstanding teachers who consistently provide quality instruction to students with learning disabilities, view the related offsite resource.

Determining the Eligibility of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
This updated technical manual was designed to assist teams in making SLD eligibility determinations for students. It includes legal requirements, practical advice and theory that will guide teams in this technical process. Part of a larger training and educational effort, the manual assumes readers hold a working knowledge of characteristics of specific learning disabilities, measurement and evaluation, and data-based decision making.

Alone, the manual is not adequate preparation for performing the tasks required to determine SLD eligibility. The manual is provided on this page as individual chapters, by topic and number, for ease in reviewing or downloading. Those interested in further training on the SLD manual should contact their local regional educational cooperative.

Response to Intervention (RtI)
Information on how to design and implement Response to Intervention (RtI) in Minnesota can be found on the Implementation of Effective Processes section of our site.