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6. Some states are starting to identify children ages 3–5 with SLD.

For at least a few students in a few states, educators appear to have identified SLD very early. In the 2015–2016 school year, 8,252 children ages 3–5 were identified with SLD. Three-fourths of these children were in four states: California, Iowa, New Jersey and New York. Further study is needed to understand the accuracy and impact of identifying very young children with SLD.

For a full discussion of how to address the challenges and opportunities discussed in this chapter, see NCLD’s Recommended Policy Changes.