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;
Provides that the state Department of Education may develop and maintain a handbook for use in the schools of this state that provides guidance for pupils, parents and teachers concerning dyslexia.
Amends and clarifies Arkansas Code provisions concerning dyslexia screening and intervention; adds new enforcement provisions.
Expands eligibility for the Mississippi dyslexia therapy scholarship for students with dyslexia to include students in grade 1 through grade 12. Amends Mississippi code to require local school districts to use a dyslexia screener from a list approved by the state board of education.
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.
Requires each local school board to employ reading specialists in elementary schools who have training in the identification of and the appropriate interventions, accommodations, and teaching techniques for students with dyslexia or a related disorder.
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The table below lists bills that are pending or acted upon in various state legislatures during 2018
|State||Session||Bill Title||Bill ID||Introduced||Session End||Status||Last Action|
|Alaska||2017-2018||Dyslexia Task Force||SB 27; HB 64||1/25/17||4/15/18||HB64 SB 27||Passed House; pending in Senate Education Committee|
|D.C.||2017-2018||Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program||DC 220079||1/24/17||12/31/18||Bill History||Notice of Intent to Act Published|
|Florida||2018||Comprehensive reading plans and interventions||SB 1306||12/19/17||3/9/18||Legiscan Summary||Senate Education Committee|
|Illinois||2017-2018||Funds for Dyslexia Screening||HB 507||1/23/17||5/31/18||Legiscan summary||House Rules Committee|
|Indiana||2018||Dyslexia Provisions in IEP||SB 0217||1/4/18||3/14/18||Legiscan summary||Hearing: Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm -Senate Education and Career Development Committee|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||Definition of Dyslexia||HB 330||1/23/17||1/2/19||Bill History||Joint Education Committee|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||Relative to Dyslexia||SB 313||1/23/17||1/2/19||Legiscan Summary||Joint Education Committee|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||An Act relative to students with dyslexia.||SD 1498, SB 294||1/23/17||1/2/19||Bill History||Joint Education Committee|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||Dyslexia Definition & Educational Guidelines||HB 2872||3/20/17||1/2/19||Bill History||Joint Education Committee|
|Mississippi||2018||School District Dyslexia Coordinator||HB 25||1/2/18||4/1/18||Legiscan Summary||House Education Committee|
|Mississippi||2018||Requirements for private schools participating in Dyslexia Scholarship Program||HB 1018||1/12/18||4/1/18||Legiscan Summary||House Education Committee|
|Missouri||2018||K-3 Reading Intervention Program||HB 1417||12/4/17||5/18/18||Legiscan Summary>||Second Reading|
|Nebraska||2017-2018||Interim Dyslexia Study||LR 222||5/10/17||4/2/18||Bill History||Legislature Education Committee|
|New Jersey||2016-2017||State Dyslexia website||SB 1333, AB 3019||2/11/16||1/9/18||Bill History||Senate Education Committee|
|New Jersey||2016-2017||DOE Pilot Program for assistive technology||AB 5023||6/19/17||1/9/18||Legiscan Summary||Education Committee|
|New York||2017-2018||Required Certification of Dyslexia Teachers||AB 1480; SB 2534||1/12/17||6/20/18||AB 1480 Status; SB 2534 status||Assembly Education Committee / Senate Education Committee|
|New York||2017-2018||Dyslexia Definition||SB 5867; AB 7639||5/3/17||6/20/18||Legiscan SB 5867 | AB 7639||Senate Education Committee|
|New York||2017-2018||Pilot program, Dyslexia screening and Intervention||AB 7086; SB 2767||4/4/17||6/20/18||AB 7086 - SB 2767||Assembly Education Committee / Senate Education Committee|
|New York||2017-2018||Tiered Services for Learning Disabilties||AB 501, SB3630||1/9/17||6/20/18||Legiscan A501 | Legiscan S 3630||Assembly Mental Health Committee; Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee|
|North Carolina||2017-2018||Kindergarten Screening for Dyslexia||SB 418||3/29/17||6/30/18||Bill History||Senate Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee|
|Oklahoma||2018||Modifies definition of learning difficulties||SB 929||1/4/18||5/25/18||Oklahoma Legislature||Prefiled|
|Pennsylvania||2017-2018||Definition including dyslexia||HB 1271||4/4/17||11/30/18||Legiscan summary||House Education Committee|
|Pennsylvania||2017-2018||Dyslexia Intervention Pilot Program||SB 776||6/16/17||11/30/18||Legiscan summary||Senate Education Committee|
|Rhode Island||2018||Professional Development for Reading Disablities||HB 7007||1/3/18||6/30/18||Legiscan summary||House Health, Education and Welfare Committee|
|South Carolina||2017-2018||Universal Screening||HB 4434||12/13/17||5/10/18||Legiscan Summary||House Education and Public Works Committee|
|South Carolina||2017-2018||Teacher Certification and Read to Succeed Act||HB 3415||3/22/17||5/10/18||Legiscan Summary||House Education and Public Works Committee|
|South Carolina||2017-2018||Universal Screening||HB 3414||1/11/17||5/10/18||Legiscan Summary||House Education and Public Works Committee|
|Virginia||2018||Reading Specialist -Dyslexia||HB 168||12/22/17||3/10/18||Legiscan Summary||Committee Referral Pending|
|Virginia||2018||Teacher Education - Dyslexia Coursework||SB 368||1/9/18||3/10/18||Legiscan Summary||Prefiled|
|Washington||2017-2018||Dyslexia- definition and early screening||SB 6162||1/10/18||3/8/18||Legiscan summary||Hearing: Jan 23 @ 1:30 pm - Senate Committee on Early Learning - Public Hearing 1/18/18|