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 introduced or acted upon in various state legislatures during 2017:
|State||Session||Bill Title||Bill ID||Introduced||Session End||Status||Outcome|
|Alaska||2017-2018||Dyslexia Task Force||SB 27; HB 64||1/25/17||5/17/17||HB64 SB 27||Carries over to 2018|
|Arizona||2017||Defines Dyslexia||SB 1131||1/18/17||4/28/17||Bill History||Passed|
|Arizona||2017||Dyslexia Handbook; Definition||HB 2202||1/17/17||4/28/17||Bill History||Passed|
|Arkansas||2017||Dyslexia Screening and Intervention||SB 708||1/19/17||5/5/17||Bill History||Passed - Act 1039|
|Connecticut||2017||Required Training for Special Education Teachers||HB 7254||3/9/17||6/7/17||Bill History||Passed; Public Act No. 17-3|
|D.C.||2017-2018||Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities Screening and Prevention Pilot Program||DC B 79||1/24/17||12/31/18||Bill History|
|Illinois||2017-2018||Funds for Dyslexia Screening||HB 507||1/23/17||8/31/17||Legiscan summary||House Rules Committee; carries over to 2018|
|Kentucky||2017||Dyslexia Screening & Intervention||HB 307||2/10/17||3/30/17||Bill History||Died in Committee (Rules)|
|Maryland||2017||Dyslexia Education Pilot Program Advisory Board||HB 1264||2/10/17||4/19/17||Legiscan suimmary||Died in Committee (Ways and Means)|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||An Act relative to students with dyslexia.||SD 1498, SB 294||1/23/17||1/2/19||Bill History|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||Relative to Dyslexia||SB 313||1/23/17||1/2/19||Legiscan Summary|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||Definition of Dyslexia||HB 330||1/23/17||1/2/19||Bill History|
|Massachusetts||2017-2018||Dyslexia Definition & Educational Guidelines||HB 2872||3/20/17||1/2/19||Bill History|
|Minnesota||2017-2018||Dyslexia and literacy specialist required||HB 668||1/30/17||5/22/17||Bill History||Replaced by HF 2 (Omnibus Education Bill)|
|Minnesota||2017-2018||Omnibus Education Finance Bill||HF 2 (90th Legislature 1st Special Session)||5/23/17||5/25/17||Bill History||Passed: Dyslexia Specalist Provisions in 120B.122|
|Minnessota||2017-2018 ||Dyslexia and literacy specialist employment||SB 453||1/27/17||5/22/17||Bill History||Replaced by HF 2 (Omnibus Education Bill)|
|Mississippi||2017||Dyslexia Coordinator||HB 421||1/5/17||4/2/17||Bill History||Died in Committee|
|Mississippi||2017||Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship||HB 1034, HB 1036, HB 1046||1/16/17||4/2/17||Bill History||Passed|
|Mississippi||2017||Hinds County Dyslexia Therapy Pilot Program||HB 1047||1/3/17||4/2/17||Bill History||Died in Committee|
|Mississippi||2017||Dyslexia Forgivable Loan Program||HB 912||1/6/17||3/29/17||Bill History||Died on Calendar|
|Mississippi||2017||Dyslexia Screenings||HB 443||1/5/17||4/2/17||Bill History||Died in Committee|
|Nebraska||2017-2018||Interim Dyslexia Study||LR 222||5/10/17||4/2/18||Bill History|
|Nebraska||2017-2018||Add dyslexia for purposes of special education||LB 645||1/18/17||4/2/18||Bill History||Passed ( Section 79-1118.01 (6) Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska)|
|New Jersey||2016-2017||Pilot Program Assistive Technology||AB 3244||2/22/16||1/9/18||Bill History||Witdrawn|
|New Jersey||2016-2017||DOE Pilot Program for assistive technology||AB 5023||6/19/17||Legiscan Summary||Education Committee|
|New Jersey||2016-2017||State Dyslexia website||SB 1333, AB 3019||2/11/16||1/9/18||Bill History|
|New York||2017-2018||Dyslexia Guidance Memorandum||A 8262; S 6581||06/02/17||12/31/17||Bill Status||Passed and signed by Governor|
|New York||2017-2018||Pilot program, Dyslexia screening and Intervention||AB 7086; SB 2767||4/4/17||12/31/17||AB 7086 - SB 2767|
|New York||2017-2018||Required Certification of Dyslexia Teachers||AB 1480; SB 2534||1/12/17||12/31/17||AB 1480 Status; SB 2534 status|
|North Carolina||2017-2018||Students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia||HB 149||2/21/17||9/9/17||Bill|
|Passed & Signed by Governor|
|North Carolina||2017-2018||Kindergarten Screening for Dyslexia||SB 418||3/29/17||9/9/17||Bill History||Carries over to 2018|
|Oklahoma||2017||Dyslexia Handbook||HB 2008||2/6/17||5/26/17||Legiscan summary||Passed; Approved by Governor 5/15/2017|
|Oregon||2017||Screening Tests for Dyslexia||SB 1003||3/2/17||7/10/17||Bill History||Passed; ORS 326.726 a|
|Pennsylvania||2017-2018||Definition including dyslexia||HB 1271||4/4/17||11/30/17||Legiscan summary||House Education Committee|
|Pennsylvania||2017-2018||Dyslexia Intervention Pilot Program||SB 776||6/16/17||11/30/17||Legiscan summary||Education Committee|
|Rhode Island||2017||Dyslexia Certificate Funding||HJR 6075||4/5/17||7/14/17||Bill History||In finance committee; will carry over to 2018 session|
|South Carolina||2017-2018||Universal Screening||HB 3414||1/11/17||6/9/17||Bill History||Carries over to 2018|
|South Carolina||2017-2018||Teacher Certification and Read to Succeed Act||HB 3415||3/22/7||6/9/17||Legiscan Summary||Carries over to 2018|
|Texas||2017||Dyslexia Therapist Licensing Requirement||HB 1131||1/18/17||5/29/17||Bill History||Died in Committee|
|Texas||2017||Dyslexia Testing||HB 1886||2/14/2017||5/29/17||Bill History||Passed|
|Virginia||2017||Dyslexia Advisor in Public Schools||SB 759||1/22/16||2/25/17||Bill History||Died in Committee|
|Virginia||2017||Required District Reading Specialist with Dyslexia Training||HB 2395; SB 1516||1/18/17||2/25/17||Bill History||Passed|
|West Virginia||2017||Education & Assessment, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia||HB 3023||3/14/17||4/8/17||Bill History||Died in Committee|