Missouri – 2015 – SB 172 – Elementary and Secondary Education

missouri300This act requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to employ a dyslexia specialist. The dyslexia specialist will assist the department with developing and administering professional development programs no later than the 2016-2017 school year.

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Missouri – 2015 – HB 1255 – Screening for Dyslexia

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This bill requires each public school to screen students for dyslexia and related disorders at appropriate times in accordance with rules established by the State Board of Education. The school board of each district and governing board of each charter school must provide for the instruction and accommodation of any student determined to have dyslexia or a related disorder. “Related disorders” are defined as disorders similar to or related to dyslexia, such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphasia, specific developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.

Massachusetts – 2015-2016 – H 463 – Screening for Dyslexia

MassDefines and provides screening for dyslexia. Defines dyslexia broadly as a neurological condition with symptoms including “difficulty in acquiring language skills; inability to comprehend oral or written language; difficulty in rhyming words; difficulty in naming letters, recognizing letters, matching letters to sounds, and blending sounds when speaking and reading words; difficulty recognizing and remembering sight words; consistent transposition of number sequences, letter reversals, inversions, and substitutes and trouble in replication of content.”

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