These two bills require that youths committed to the division of Youth Services and adult prison inmates receive reading assessments and dyslexia screenings; to be provided with reading and dyslexia services; and to require that Youth Services and state Corrections teachers know best practices of scientific reading instruction.
Requiring each county board of education, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, to ensure that a certain student is screened to identify if the student is at risk for reading difficulties; requiring the screening instrument to be based on foundational reading skills that include phonological and phonemic awareness and processing; requiring the county board to provide supplemental reading instruction and parental notification in cases where it is determined a student is at risk for reading difficulties; etc.
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 20 of the O.C.G.A., relating to education, so as to provide for identification of and support for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade with dyslexia; to provide for definitions; to require the Department of Education to make a dyslexia informational handbook available to local school systems; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Provides that once per year, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, a dyslexia awareness program shall be offered. At a minimum, the program shall include: 1. Training in awareness of dyslexia characteristics in students; 2. Training in effective classroom instruction to meet the needs of students with dyslexia; and 3. Available dyslexia resources for teachers, students and parents.
An Act To Amend Section 37-106-71, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Authorize Loan Forgiveness To Individuals Providing Instructional Or Clinical Service As A Licensed Dyslexia Therapist In A Public Or Eligible Nonpublic School For The Mississippi Dyslexia Forgivable Loan Program; To Amend Section 37-106-57, Mississippi Code Of 1972, To Provide That Awards Granted Under The William Winter Teacher Forgivable Loan Program Shall Be Available To Nontraditional Licensed Teachers Under Certain Conditions; And For Related Purposes.
Utah has passed a law extending its school dyslexia program until 2024. For more information, see Utah Intervention for Reading Difficulties Program.
Requires screening and early intervention for dyslexia. Requires each school district to develop and implement a literacy professional development plan that includes structured literacy training by a licensed and accredited or credentialed teacher preparation provider for all elementary school teachers and for training in evidence-based reading intervention for reading interventionists and special education teachers working with students demonstrating characteristics of dyslexia or diagnosed with dyslexia.
Update: On May 20 the State Senate passed a substitute bill with several changes to the House Bill, including removal of the section regarding dyslexia licensing. The Senate Committee Substitute and the Conference Committee Report for HB 2847 do not contain provisions that would change dyslexia licensing requirements in Texas. We want to acknowledge and thank the many Texas parents and educators who took the time to make their objections known in advance of the Senate Committee hearings.
Why we were concerned: The language contained in this proposed law would have forced learning centers throughout Texas to shut down, and would have forced many private tutors to give up their work. It would also have placed burdens on homeschoolers and other parents working with their own dyslexic children. The bill was written by Texas Representative Miller and initially introduced as HB 3244. After HB 3244 failed to progress in committee, Rep. Miller added its provisions to a different bill, HB 2847, as a floor amendment, allowing its passage in a hurried setting without hearing or debate.