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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Virginia – 2017 – HB 2395 – Dyslexia Advisor in Public Schools

State of VirginiaRequires  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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2018 New & Pending Legislation

The table below lists bills that are pending or acted upon in various state legislatures during 2018

StateSessionBill TitleBill IDIntroducedSession EndStatusLast Action
Alaska2017-2018Dyslexia Task ForceSB 27; HB 641/25/174/15/18HB64 SB 27Passed House; pending in Senate Education Committee
D.C.2017-2018Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot ProgramDC 2200791/24/1712/31/18Bill HistoryNotice of Intent to Act Published
Florida2018Comprehensive reading plans and interventionsSB 130612/19/173/9/18Legiscan SummarySenate Education Committee
Illinois2017-2018Funds for Dyslexia ScreeningHB 5071/23/175/31/18Legiscan summaryHouse Rules Committee
Indiana2018Dyslexia Provisions in IEPSB 02171/4/183/14/18Legiscan summaryHearing: Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm -Senate Education and Career Development Committee
Massachusetts2017-2018Definition of DyslexiaHB 3301/23/171/2/19Bill HistoryJoint Education Committee
Massachusetts2017-2018Relative to DyslexiaSB 3131/23/171/2/19Legiscan SummaryJoint Education Committee
Massachusetts2017-2018An Act relative to students with dyslexia.SD 1498, SB 2941/23/171/2/19Bill HistoryJoint Education Committee
Massachusetts 2017-2018Dyslexia Definition & Educational GuidelinesHB 28723/20/171/2/19Bill HistoryJoint Education Committee
Mississippi2018School District Dyslexia CoordinatorHB 251/2/184/1/18Legiscan SummaryHouse Education Committee
Mississippi2018Requirements for private schools participating in Dyslexia Scholarship ProgramHB 10181/12/184/1/18Legiscan SummaryHouse Education Committee
Missouri2018K-3 Reading Intervention ProgramHB 141712/4/175/18/18Legiscan SummarySecond Reading
Nebraska2017-2018Interim Dyslexia StudyLR 2225/10/174/2/18Bill HistoryLegislature Education Committee
New Jersey2016-2017State Dyslexia websiteSB 1333, AB 30192/11/161/9/18Bill HistorySenate Education Committee
New Jersey2016-2017DOE Pilot Program for assistive technologyAB 50236/19/171/9/18Legiscan SummaryEducation Committee
New York2017-2018Required Certification of Dyslexia TeachersAB 1480; SB 25341/12/176/20/18AB 1480 Status; SB 2534 statusAssembly Education Committee / Senate Education Committee
New York2017-2018Dyslexia DefinitionSB 5867; AB 76395/3/176/20/18Legiscan SB 5867 | AB 7639Senate Education Committee
New York2017-2018Pilot program, Dyslexia screening and InterventionAB 7086; SB 27674/4/176/20/18AB 7086 - SB 2767Assembly Education Committee / Senate Education Committee
New York2017-2018Tiered Services for Learning DisabiltiesAB 501, SB36301/9/176/20/18Legiscan A501 | Legiscan S 3630Assembly Mental Health Committee; Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee
North Carolina2017-2018Kindergarten Screening for DyslexiaSB 4183/29/176/30/18 Bill HistorySenate Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee
Oklahoma2018Modifies definition of learning difficultiesSB 9291/4/18 5/25/18Oklahoma LegislaturePrefiled
Pennsylvania2017-2018Definition including dyslexiaHB 12714/4/1711/30/18Legiscan summaryHouse Education Committee
Pennsylvania2017-2018Dyslexia Intervention Pilot ProgramSB 7766/16/1711/30/18Legiscan summarySenate Education Committee
Rhode Island2018Professional Development for Reading DisablitiesHB 70071/3/186/30/18Legiscan summaryHouse Health, Education and Welfare Committee
South Carolina2017-2018Universal ScreeningHB 443412/13/175/10/18Legiscan SummaryHouse Education and Public Works Committee
South Carolina2017-2018Teacher Certification and Read to Succeed ActHB 34153/22/175/10/18Legiscan SummaryHouse Education and Public Works Committee
South Carolina2017-2018Universal Screening HB 34141/11/175/10/18Legiscan SummaryHouse Education and Public Works Committee
Virginia2018Reading Specialist -Dyslexia HB 16812/22/173/10/18Legiscan SummaryCommittee Referral Pending
Virginia2018Teacher Education - Dyslexia CourseworkSB 3681/9/183/10/18Legiscan SummaryPrefiled
Washington2017-2018Dyslexia- definition and early screeningSB 61621/10/183/8/18Legiscan summaryHearing: Jan 23 @ 1:30 pm - Senate Committee on Early Learning - Public Hearing 1/18/18

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