Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

SLD is when a student is functioning at an academic level significantly below grade level peers and is demonstrating a severe discrepancy between actual and expected achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Oral expression and listening comprehension.
  • Basic reading skills and reading comprehension.
  • Written expression.
  • Mathematical calculation or mathematics reasoning.


A specific learning disability may occur with, but cannot be primarily the result of:

  • Visual, hearing or motor impairment.
  • Emotional disorders.
  • Environmental, cultural, economic influences.
  • A history of an inconsistent education program.