Nebraska – 2017- LB 645 – Add dyslexia for purposes of special education

Adds dyslexia to special education statute.  Defines dyslexia as a  a specific learning disability that (a) is neurobiological in origin, (b) is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities, (c) typically results from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and effective classroom instruction, and (d) has secondary consequences that may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that may impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge;

Arizona – 2017 – SB 1131 – Schools – Retention and Remediation

Reading instruction, retention & intervention: Specifies that a pupil should not be promoted from the third grade if the pupil does no demonstrate sufficient reading skills on statewide assessments.  A pupil who is not retained due to the unavailability of test data must receive evidence-based  intervention and remedial strategies if the third grade assessment data subsequently demonstrates that the pupil does not demonstrate sufficient reading skills. 

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