was created as a tool for tracking the progress of legislation related to dyslexia throughout the United States.

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For a quick overview, try this search for “dyslexia” at the Open States web site.  It will return a list of all bills containing the word dyslexia, in reverse date order based on the most recent action on each bill.

US Supreme Court: IEP must be “appropriately ambitious”

Seal of US Supreme CourtThe US Supreme Court has held that federal law requires schools to provide an IEP that is “appropriately ambitious” for each student’s circumstances.   In the case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School Dist RE-1, in a unanimous ruling issued March 22, 2017, the Court rejected the school district’s argument for a more modest standard (“more than de minimis“).  At issue was the proper standard required by federal law requiring schools to provide a “Free and Appropriate Education” (FAPE) to children qualifying for special education services. 

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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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Illinois – 2013-2014 – HB3700 – Dyslexia Screening and Intervention

Image2Requires the State Board of Education to distribute to each school board information on screening instruments available to identify students who exhibit potential indicators of dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

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New Jersey – 2012-2013 – A3606/S2441 – Professional Development

teacher trainingRequires Department of Education to provide professional development opportunities related to reading disabilities; mandates certain school district personnel annually compete two hours of professional development related to reading disabilities.

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Pennsylvania – 2013-2014 – HB 198 – Dyslexia Screening Pilot Program

kids-reading2Defines dyslexia and establishes pilot program to  provide early screening and intervention services for children with risk factors for dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness.

Read morePennsylvania – 2013-2014 – HB 198 – Dyslexia Screening Pilot Program

Texas – 2013 – SB185 – School Reporting

identificationRelating to information regarding the number of public school students with dyslexia.  Amends Texas Education Code to require each school district and open-enrollment charter school to report through the Public Education Information Management System information regarding the number of students enrolled in the district or school who are identified as having dyslexia.

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