AN ACT relating to early education assessment and intervention. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define “aphasia,” “dyscalculia,” dyslexia,” “phonemic awareness,” and “scientifically based research”; require the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations for district-wide reporting on the use of K-3 response-to-intervention implementation in reading by August 1, 2013, in mathematics by August 1, 2014, and behavior by August 1, 2015; require the Department of Education to make available technical assistance, training, and a Web-based resource to assist all local school districts in the implementation of the system and instructional tools based on scientifically based research; require the department to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations; require conformity with 20 U.S.C. sec. 1414(a)(1)(E) for initial evaluations of students with suspected disabilities; require the department to report to the Interim Joint Committee on Education on implementation by November 30, 2013, and annually thereafter; amend KRS 157.200 to conform with the federal definition of a “specific learning disability.”
– Retain original provisions except to clarify that the promulgation of administrative regulations for district-wide implementation of response-to-intervention applies only to kindergarten through grade three.