New York – 2011-2012 – A09940 – Dyslexia Teacher Certification

An act to amend the education law, in relation to the certification or training of teachers, administrators and instructors in the area of dyslexia and related disorders. PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would require school districts to diagnose students with dyslexia and to provide such students with teachers trained to instruct dyslexic students.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 3004 of the education law to authorize the commissioner of education to certify or the required training of teachers and school administrators in the area of dyslexia and related disorders. The section also provides a definition of dyslexia.

Section two amends section 4402 of the education law to provide that if a committee or subcommittee of special education believes that a student may be suffering from dyslexia, the student must be sent to an evaluation for dyslexia or related disorder.

Section three amends section 4402 of the education law to provide that if a student is determined to have dyslexia, the recommendations on programs or placement for the student must be made by a team that is knowledgeable in instructing children with dyslexia.

Section four amends section 4402 of the education law to require a school district to provide a teacher trained in dyslexia to any student who has been determined to suffer from dyslexia.

Section five provides that this act shall take effect 30 days after it has become law.

2 thoughts on “New York – 2011-2012 – A09940 – Dyslexia Teacher Certification”

  1. New York state NEEDS to help children with Dyslexia. My son is eleven and is in the 5th grade is dyslexic. His special ed teachers do not know how to teach a dyslexic child. I have been fighting with the school for many years, buy they always say “New York State schools are not required to recongize dyslexic, they do not have to test it, or bring in special teachers for it. I have been praying for many years for New York state to upgrade their special education laws and start helping children with dyslexia. My son can’t not write, because letters often “look like there all messed up on the board and paper”. He can not spell. His math is way way below average. Yet if you were to met my son, you wouldn’t think anything was wrong (until you saw his handwritten or heard him read) .

    Please New York law makers, if this bill isn’t passed yet, sign it into law.

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