Kentucky – 2018 – HB 187 – Dyslexia Definition and Programs

KentuckyCreates a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define “dyslexia” and “qualified dyslexia screening tool”.

Requires the Department of Education to make available a dyslexia toolkit that includes guidance on the instruction of students displaying characteristics of dyslexia.

Requires the Department of Education to collaborate with the Kentucky Collaborative Center for Literacy Development to update professional development for teachers related to dyslexia.

Require each local board of education to develop policies for identifying and assisting students in kindergarten through grade three with dyslexia and other learning disabilities;

Requires school districts to report data to the Department of Education regarding dyslexia screening and results;

Requires teacher preparation programs to include instruction on dyslexia;

Requires the commissioner of education to select three school districts to serve as dynamic laboratories of learning.

Amends KRS 158.305 to revise the definition of “dyslexia”;

Require local boards of education to develop policies related to the implementation of response-to-intervention;

Require the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, to report to the Interim Joint Committees on Education and Health and Welfare by November 30 of each year regarding school districts’ implementation of response-to-intervention.