Tennessee – 2021 – SB 7003 – Literacy Success Act

Tennessee

Creates the Tennessee Literacy Success Act
(Act). Requires each local education agency (LEA) and public charter school to provide foundational literacy skills instruction, annually administer three universal reading screeners to students in kindergarten through grade three (K-3), and provide reading interventions and supports for students in kindergarten through grade five (K-5) who are identified as having a significant reading deficiency.

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Iowa-2020-SF2356-Dyslexia Education

Iowa

A bill for an act relating to the education of students with characteristics of dyslexia and to the preparation and licensure of practitioners for such instruction, and establishing an Iowa dyslexia board. 

Requires state education board to set standards and procedures for teacher training in preparation for advanced dyslexia specialist endorsement.

Requires hiring of full time dyslexia consultant by education board, by July 2024.

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Louisiana – 2020 – HB 871 – Definition of Dyslexia

Louisiana

Revises the definition of dyslexia for purposes of testing and providing services to students.

Dyslexia is now defined as:

an unexpected difficulty in reading for an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader, most commonly caused by a difficulty in phonological processing, which affects the ability of an individual to speak, read, and spell. “Phonological processing” means the appreciation of the individual sounds of spoken and written language.

Oklahoma-2020-HB2804-Dyslexia Screening

Oklahoma

An Act relating to schools; requiring screening for
dyslexia; allowing certain persons to request
dyslexia screenings; directing the State Board of
Education to develop certain policies; requiring the
Board to adopt a list of approved qualified dyslexia
screening tools; requiring screenings be conducted in
certain manner; requiring school districts report
certain data; requiring the State Department of Education submit certain report; providing for
certain training; authorizing the Board to promulgate rules; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.

2021 New & Pending Legislation

This table lists bills that are pending or being acted upon in various state legislatures during 2021.  The table includes a global search utility, allowing search by state, keyword, status, or bill number. 
Table updated March 2, 2021

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Wisconsin – 2019-2020 – AB 110 – Dyslexia Guidebook

Wisconsin

This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to develop a guidebook for parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators regarding dyslexia and related conditions.

To develop the guidebook, the state superintendent of public instruction must establish an advisory committee, whose membership shall be determined in consultation with the International Dyslexia Association—Wisconsin Branch, Inc. (IDA), and the Wisconsin State Reading Association, Inc. (WSRA). Representatives from IDA and WSRA also serve as cochairpersons on the advisory committee.

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South Dakota – 2020 – HB 1175 – Define Dyslexia

Definition of Dyslexia for special education purposes:

Dyslexia is a learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.