Tennessee – 2013-2014 – HB 1735 / SB 2002 – Dyslexia is Real

kids-reading4Defines “dyslexia” as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin and is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. Requires regular teacher in-service training to formally address dyslexia and similar reading disorders and provide effective instruction for students with dyslexia using appropriate scientific research and brain-based multisensory intervention methods and strategies.
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Massachusetts – 2011-2012 – HB 1944/3932 – High School Graduation

Provides that a student with learning disabilities who fails to satisfy the requirements of the competency determination may nonetheless receive a  high school diploma if specified requirements are met. 
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Arkansas – 2011 – SB 749 – Children with Dyslexia

An act to ensure that children with dyslexia have their needs met by the public school system; and for other purposes.  Requires that all public school children in grades K-2 be screened for dyslexia; and that school districts implement strategies for treating dyslexia and related disorders.
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Texas – 2011 – SB 867 – Adult Testing Accommodations

Relating to testing accommodations for a person with dyslexia taking a licensing examination administered by a state agency.

Texas – 2011 – HB 1673 – Adult Testing Accommodations

Relating to testing accommodations for a person with dyslexia taking a licensing examination administered by a state agency.

Texas – 2011 – SB 866 – Public School Students with Dyslexia

Relating to the education of public school students with dyslexia, the education and training of educators who teach students with dyslexia, and the assessment of students with dyslexia attending an institution of higher education.

Texas -2011 – HB 1672 – Public School Students with Dyslexia

Relating to the education of public school students with dyslexia, the education and training of educators who teach students with dyslexia, and the assessment of students with dyslexia attending an institution of higher education.
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Kentucky – 2011 – SB 160 – Early Education Assessment

AN ACT relating to early education assessment and intervention. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define “aphasia,” “dyscalculia,” “dysgraphia,” “dyslexia,” “phonemic awareness,” and “scientifically based research”;
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Ohio – 2011-2012 – HB 96 – Dyslexia Screening

Specifies that dyslexia is a specific learning disability and requires a pilot project to provide early screening and intervention services for children with dyslexia.

Illinois – 2011-2012 – HB 287 – Limits on Grade Retention

Amends the School Code. Creates the Committee on the Retention of Students. Provides that, prior to retention in a grade, a school district must submit the names of all students determined by the school district to not qualify for promotion to the next higher grade and the reason for that determination.
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