Oklahoma – 2017 – HB 2008 – Dyslexia Handbook

Oklahoma An Act relating to education; creating the Dyslexia and Education Task Force:

There is hereby created, to continue until December 31, 2018, the “Dyslexia and Education Task Force”. The purpose of the
task force shall be to create a dyslexia handbook that will provide guidance for schools, students and parents in identification,  intervention and support of students with dyslexia through accommodations and assistive technology.

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Minnesota – 2017 – Education Dyslexia Specialist

Minnesota Minnesota has enacted a new law requiring the Department of Education to employ a dyslexia specialist to provide information and support for schools.  The law provides:

The department must employ a dyslexia specialist to provide technical assistance for dyslexia and related disorders and to serve as the primary source of information and support for schools in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia and related disorders.

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California Dyslexia Handbook Published

CaliforniaThe California Department of Education has now published its guidelines to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services to pupils with dyslexia.

The 132 page handbook can be downloaded in PDF format here:   www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/documents/cadyslexiaguidelines.pdf

North Carolina – 2017 – HB 149 – Students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

North Carolina mapAn act to require the state board of education and local boards of education to develop tools to ensure identification of students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Requires the State Board of Education to ensure that ongoing professional development opportunities are made available to teachers and other school personnel on the identification of and intervention strategies for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities.

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Article: A Critical Analysis of Dyslexia Legislation in Three States

green apple on red booksAbstract: After a multitude of studies across more than a century, researchers have failed to consistently identify characteristics or patterns that distinguish dyslexia from other decoding challenges. Many researchers and educators argue the construct is too vague and contradictory to be useful for educators. Nevertheless, attention to dyslexia in policy and practice has increased at a rapid rate; 37 states now have dyslexia laws, and national legislation was passed in 2016.

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