State Dyslexia Laws

Listed below are current state laws related to dyslexia. You can click on column heads to re-order the list. as needed.

If you know of a specific statute that should be added to the list, please leave a comment below.

You will also find reports and publications issued by various states here:  Resource Links: State Educational Resources.

Table updated May 8, 2021

StateYear of EnactmentTitle or SubjectCitation/Link
Alabama2015Dyslexia provisions of Administrative CodeSection 20
Alabama2019Alabama Literacy ActHB 388
Alaska2018Legislative Task Force on Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia.CHAPTER 52 SLA 18
Arizona2019; 2018; 2017; 2015Dyslexia Screening & InterventonArizona Revised Statutes 15-211 (K-3 Reading program); 15-501.01 (Requirements for Teachers) 15-701 (Promotion & Retention), 15-704 (Reading Proficiency) - - 2019 Amendments
Arizona2017Dyslexia HandbookArizona Revised Statutes 15-249.07
Arkansas2017; 2015Dyslexia Definition, Screening, Instruction Arkansas Code 6-41-601 to 6-41-610 (2015 Code)
Arkansas2019Right to Read ActArkansas Code § 6-15-2914(b), § 6-17-429(c), § 6-17-429(e)-(g)
Arkansas2019Required Dyslexia Services for Incarcerated Youth and AdultsArkansas Code 6-41-602, 6-41-602, 9-31-501, 9-31-502, 9-31-503
Arkansas2021Certified Academic Language TherapistsArkansas Code § 6-41-612 | Engrossed Bill Text
California2007; 1990Teacher Training: "Encourages" universities and schools to provide training in recognizing and teaching for dyslexiaCalifornia Education Code 44227.7 and 56245
California2011; 1992Definitions and Eligibility for Special Education ServicesCal. Ed. Code 56245 and 56337
California2015Special Education: Dyslexia program guidelinesCalifornia Education Code 56334, 56335
Colorado2008Assessment and identification of students with literacy challenges including dyslexiaColorado Revised Statutes 22-2-133
Colorado2019Dyslexia Research Working GroupColorado Revised Statutes, Title 22, Article 20.5 - Signed Act
Colorado2020, 2019Pilot Program for DyslexiaColo. Rev. Stat. § 22-20.5-104
Connecticut2017; 2016; 2015Dyslexia Assessment & Instruction; Teacher TrainingConnecticut general statutes 10-14t (Reading Assessment), 10-145a (Teacher Training), 10-145d(Teacher Training),10-220a (In-service training)
Connecticut2019Dyslexia Law Implementation Task ForceSpecial Act 19-8
Delaware2015Alternate forms of assessment for LD students; IEP and intervention for children not reading at age 7Delaware Code Title 14, §151(j) (Alternate Assessment); §3110(e) (Reading IEP)
District of Columbia2020Dyslexia Screening and Prevention Pilot ProgramD.C. Act 23-548
Florida2017School Community Professional Development ActFlorida Statutes 1012.98 (11)
Florida2021Early Learning & Student LiteracyFlorida Statutes, Section 1008.2125: Coordinated Screening and Progress Monitoring -
Section 1008.25 Reading Deficiency and Parental Notification - Section 1012.585 Renewal of professional certificates
Bill Text - HB 419 | Bill Text - HB 7011
Georgia2019Dyslexia Screening & ServicesGeorgia Code 20-2-159.6, 20-2-208, 20-2-208.1
Illinois2016; 2014Definition of Dyslexia and Advisory group105 ILCS 5/2-3.161
Indiana2015Dyslexia Definition; Teacher TrainingIndiana Code §20-18-2-3.5 (Definition of Dyslexia); IN Code §20-20-1-13 (Teacher in service training for dyslexia); IN Code §20-28-3-5 (Teacher education, dyslexia referral)
Indiana2018Dyslexia Screening and InterventionEnrolled Act 217
Iowa2014Dyslexia AssistanceIowa Code 279.68.2d(3)(a)
Iowa2016Teacher TrainingIowa Code 256.16
Iowa2020Dyslexia Definition & Teacher TrainingIowa Code 2020, Section 256.7, subsection 3; Section 256.9, subsection 60; Section 256.32A; Section 272.2, subsection. 23; Section 273.2, subsection 11; Section 273.3, subsection 25; Section 279.68, subsection 2, paragraph d,subparagraph (3), subparagraph division (a). Section 279.72.
Kentucky2012Early Education Assessment and InterventionKRS CHAPTER 158.305 (Added), KRS 157.200 (Amended)
Kentucky2012Definitions of Dyslexia and Related TermsHB 69
Kentucky2018Ready to Read ActKRS 158 - new section (engrossed bill)
Louisiana2013Dyslexia Testing and RemediationRevised Statutes 17:7(11)
Louisiana2009Universal dyslexia screening and intervention - Pilot ProgramLouisiana Revised Statutes 17:24.11
Louisiana2010, 2009Decisions of Board of Parole: Exempting individuals with dyslexia from certain conditions premised on educational attainmentLouisiana Rev Statutes 15:574.4.2 (E)
Louisiana2005, 2003, 1990, 1989, 1987, 1986Testing pupils' sight and hearing; testing for dyslexia;Lousiana Rev. Statutes 17:2112
Louisiana2010 (numerous amendments since 1975)Duties of State Board of Elementary and Secondary EducationRevised Statutes 17:7(11)
Louisiana1997, 1992Screening and Intervention for School Success Revised Statutes 17:392.1
Louisiana2020Revised Definition of DyslexiaAct No. 206; Lousiana Rev. Statutes 17:7(11)(d)(i) and 2112(B)
Maine2015Dyslexia Screening; Dyslexia CoordinatorMaine Revised Statutes Title 20-A,§4710-B
Maryland2019Dyslexia ScreeningChapter 512 - Education 1-101(a) and (f); 4-135
Massachusetts1983Exempting students with dyslexia from standardized college entrance examsMassachusetts General Laws Ch 15A Sec. 30
Massachusetts2018Students with DyslexiaGeneral Laws Section 57; Amendments to Section 1 of chapter 287 of the Acts of 2012 Bill Text
Minnesota2016Reading Proficiency; Dyslexia ReportingMinnesota Statutes 120B.12; 125A.56, subdivision 1
Minnesota2015Definition of DyslexiaMinnesota Statutes 125A.01
Minnesota2017Dyslexia Specialist Minnesota Statutes 120B.122
Minnesota2019Dyslexia Identification & ScreeningMinnesota Statutes section 120B.12, subdivision 2
Minnesota2019Teacher Education ProgramsMinnesota Statutes section 122A.092, subdivision 5
Mississippi2017; 2012Dyslexia Therapy ScholarshipMS Code Title 37, Chapter 173 (2015 code)
Mississippi2007; 2001; 1999; 1997; 1996; 1994Pilot programs for testing and educational remediation for dyslexia and related disorders.
Mississippi Code 37-23-15
Mississippi2019Loan Forgiveness for Dyslexia Teachers Mississippi Code Sections 37-106-71, 37-106-57
Missouri2012Policy for Reading InterventionMissouri Revised Statutes, Section 167.268
Missouri2016Dyslexia ScreeningMissouri Revised Statutes Section 167.950.1
Missssippi2021Dyslexia Education Requirements Mississippi Code Sections 37-173-9 (Bill Text)
Montana2019Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention ActTitle 20, chapter 7, part 4
Nebraska2017Adds and Defines Dyslexia for purposes of Special EducationNebraska Revised Statute 79-1118.01 (6), (13)
Nebraska2018Dyslexia Screening and InterventionSlip Law - LB 1052
Nevada2015Dyslexia Screening and ServicesNevada Revised Statutes 388.439 through 388.447
New Hampshire2016Screening and Intervention for DyslexiaNH RSA 200:58 (Definitions) 200:49 (Screening & Intervention) 200:60 (Reading Specialist) 200:61 (Teacher Training) 200:62 (Dyslexia Resource Guide)
New Jersey2013Screening for Dyslexia NJ Rev Stat § 18A:40-5.2 (Distribution of Information)NJ Rev Stat § 18A:40-5.3 (Screening) NJ Rev Stat § 18A:40-5.4(Comprehensive Assessment)
New Jersey2013Definitions relative to Reading Disabilities: NJ Rev Stat § 18A:40-5.1
New Jersey 2013Professional Development related to reading disabilities
New Mexico2010Intervention for students displaying characteristics of dyslexia.NMSA 22-13-6 (Definition of Dyslexia) NMSA 23-13-32 (Intervention)
New York2017Education Guidance MemorandumNew York Education Code Sec. 305, subdiv. 56 (added 2017)
North Carolina2017Students with Dyslexia and DyscalculiaSession Law 127
North Dakota2019Dyslexia Screening Pilot ProgramNorth Dakota Century Code 15.1-32
North Dakota2021Dyslexia Specialist CredentialingNorth Dakota Century Code 15.1-02-16 (Bill Text)
Ohio2012Pilot Project - Early Intervention and ScreeningRevised Code 3323.01 (inclusion of dyslexia); Revised Code 3323.25 (Pilot Project)
Oklahoma2012Pilot Dyslexia Teacher Training ProgramOklahoma Statutes, Title 70, Section 7001
Oklahoma2016, 2018Definition of Specific Learning Disability including Dyslexia70-18-109.5; 2018 Amendment
Oklahoma2019Annual Dyslexia Awareness Training in SchoolsOklahoma Statutes, Title 70 Section 6-194
Oklahoma2020Required Dyslexia ScreeningOklahoma Statutes Title 70, Section 1210.520 (Bill Text)
Oklahoma2021State Dyslexia HandbookOklahoma Statutes Title 70, Section 1210.517 (Bill Text)
Oregon2017; 2015Dyslexia Provisions OR Rev Stat § 326.726 (dyslexia specialist school screening); OR Rev Stat § 342.950 (teacher training)
Pennsylvania2014Dyslexia Intervention Pilot ProgramPublic Law 773, No. 69
Rhode Island2016Dyslexia-targeted literacy assistanceRI Statutes 16-67-2
Rhode Island2019Right To Read ActRhode Island Statutes 16-11.4-6
Rhode Island2019Education of Children with DyslexiaRhode Island Statutes 16.67.2-1, 16.67.2-2, 16.67.2-3, 16.67.2-4, 16.67.2-5
South Carolina2018Universal ScreeningTitle 59, Chap 33, Art 5
South Dakota2020Define DyslexiaSection 13-37-28.1
Tennessee2019; 2016Dyslexia Screening and InterventionTennessee Code §49-1-229
Tennessee2019Required Accommodations for Dyslexia on State Licensing ExamsTennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 19
Tennessee2021Literacy Success ActTennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapters 1, 5, & 6. | Bill Text
Tennesseee2020, 2018Dyslexia Advisory BoardTennessee Code Annotated, Section 4-29-241 (a) and Section 4-29~248(a)
Texas2011Classroom technology for dyslexiaTexas Education Code Section 38.0031
Texas2019, 2017, 2011, 1995Screening and Treatment for Dyslexia and Related DisordersTexas Education Code §38.003
Texas2011Educator Preparation for DyslexiaAmendments to Texas Education Code Section 21.044 and 21.054
Texas2015; 2009Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners and Licensed Dyslexia TherapistsOccupations Code, Ch. 403
Texas2011Retesting University students for dyslexiaTexas Education Code Section 51.9701
Texas2011Examination Accommodations For Person With DyslexiaTexas Occupations Code 54.003
Texas2017Dyslexia Specialist at Regional CentersEducation Code Section 8.061
Texas2019Monitoring School ComplianceTexas Education Code Section 7.028(a); 28.006 Subsections (g-2) and (1); 38.003, Subsection (c) and (c-1) | Bill Text
Texas2019School District Dyslexia AllotmentTexas Education Code Sec. 48.103
Texas 2017Special Education Transition PlanningEducation Code 29.011; 20.0112 (b), (e); 29.017
Utah2019; 2015Interventions for Reading Difficulties ProgramUtah Code Title 53A Chapter 15 Part 1 Section 106
Virginia2017Dyslexia Advisor in Public Schools § 22.1-253.13:2 of the Code of Virginia (Amendment to Section G)
Virginia2016Teacher Training, Dyslexia AwarenessVirginia Code § 22.1-298.1(8)-Regulations governing licensure | § 22.1-298.4. Teacher preparation programs; learning disabilities
Virginia2018Required university coursework in dyslexiaVirginia Code §23.1-902.1
Virginia2021Reading Standards & InterventionCode of Virginia 22.1-253.13:1
Virginia2021Special Education Policies & Procedures Virginia Code Chapter 22, Article 1, Sections 214, 214.4, 215, 25.13:4, 298.1 (Bill Text)
Washington 2009Individuals with dyslexia — Identification and instruction Revised Code of Washington 28A.300.530
West Virginia2014Dyslexia and dyscalculia definedWest Virginia Code §18-20-10
Wisconsin2020Dyslexia GuidebookActs 86
Wyoming2019; 2012Assessment and Early InterventionWyoming Statutes 21-3-110(a)(xxiii) ; W.S. 21-3-401
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67 thoughts on “State Dyslexia Laws”

  1. Hello,

    Does anyone have any information regarding the position on dyslexia of the state of Montana?

    Thank you kindly,

    Allyson Earnest

    • Dear Allyson,

      Hello. My name is Kelly Fedge DuBose. I am involved with the world of dyslexia based on a decade of work in this state. I live in Bozeman and work with Decoding Dyslexia to help support families and advocate for better laws and education for our children.

      I would like to connect with you if you are interested.

      For the kids,

  2. We moved to SC from PA, where my son was tested and diagnosed with Dyslexia. He is required to have a “specifically designed instruction by the reading specialist to provide a systematic multisensory research based approach” which means he needs a program like the Orton-Gillingham program because he has a great deal of decoding issues, which also affects how he does math facts. The school is telling me that they don’t have to provide these services for him, because SC doesn’t “really treat Dyslexia as a learning disability.” As an educator myself, this is very frustrating. If this was previously in the IEP from PA, doesn’t SC have to comply and provide a progressive, systematic multisensory researched based reading program for him? Not necessarily Orton-Gillingham, but it could be Read 180 or another research based reading program that also has a multisensory approach to learning, correct? I have is IEP meeting today for his new IEP plan for SC school he is currently attending and my plan, is that I am not signing anything today (my right) so that I can make sure he is getting what he needs, to be a successful 5th grade student, regardless of how SC classifies him. They refused to further test him for the Auditory Processing Skills as suggested by the Speech Therapist in PA. Prior to our move, he was tested for the baseline test for the Auditory Processing Skills and it was suggested by that therapist that he receive a full exam. They refuse to do so here…why? Why is SC so far behind in recognizing Dyslexia and the dynamics behind the LD?

    • South Carolina set up a task force for dyslexia in 2011 — here is a link to their final report: Dyslexia Task Force Final Report. Although there have not been any laws passed implementing those recommendations, that will give a good sense as to what has happened so far in the state and what can be expected for the future.

      If you need specific help with your son, as he already has an IEP you may want to get help from the Protection & Advocacy agency for South Carolina — their web site is

    • Micheal Yudin addressed this in an interview and a letter

      and since this is on the SC DOE website, I think the school is wrong:
      K. Specific Learning Disabilities
      1. Definition
      Specific Learning disability means a disorder in one of more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think,
      speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including
      conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.
      2. Eligibility Criteria
      a. There is evidence that the child does not achieve adequately for his/her age or to meet state-approved grade level standards in one or more of
      the following areas: Basic reading skills, Reading fluency, Reading comprehension, Mathematics calculation, Mathematics problem-solving, Written
      expression, Oral expression, or Listening comprehension; and either
      (1) does not make sufficient progress to meet age or state-approved grade-level standards when using a process based on the child’s response
      to scientific, research-based intervention, or
      (2) exhibits a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both, relative to age, state-approved grade-level standards, or intellectual development, that is determined by the group to be relevant to the identification of a specific learning disability, using appropriate assessments.
      b. The child’s underachievement is not due to: visual, hearing, or motor disability; intellectual disability; emotional disability; cultural factors; environmental or economic disadvantage; limited English proficiency; or lack of appropriateinstruction in reading or math.
      c. The adverse effects of the learning disability on the child’s educational performance require specialized instruction and/or related service

  3. I’ve been fighting with my schools for 5 years with my mother, we have tried everything to let the school get me a 504, we have an advocate and I have been outside tested 4 times and I have Visual motor integration and my school has this thing where they rate if you need a 504 with the numbers 1-4 and add a comment why they think that. well my school based there comment on my grades “a,b’s” but am I really learning the information or mermoizing it? I’m not learning it. but this was my 2nd time being denied a 504 do you have an laws for London Virginia?

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  5. I am looking for some information to help me with getting my child tested for dyslexia. She has been showing signs since she was in Pre-K and I have put in a formal request to have her tested for dyslexia as well as special ed. The school is still wanting to “Assess” my child. I am wondering what the laws are for a parent and a child to get a child tested.

    • Rachel, federal law requires schools to identify children with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, and sets forth the procedures to be followed. Depending on where you live, there may be additional state laws that apply.

  6. I am a native Montanan currently living in Bozeman Montana and working in the area of dyslexia. I have been a parent advocate for children with dyslexia two of my own and many others for over a decade. I am hoping you can explain the non listing for Montana. I am wondering if there are any laws or bills in process for the state of Montana. I have been researching and have not been able to find any l was regrading dyslexia. I hope it is my inability to navigate and now simply reality.

    THANK YOU so much for your help!

    • Kathy, we only report the laws — we can’t help make them! If you would like to see laws passed in your state, then you can start by contacting your representative in your state legislature. If you scroll down the left side of the page on our site, you will find links to advocacy organizations and resources for your state. The Montana state legislature meets only in odd-numbered years and has already adjourned for 2013, so it is not currently in session. That means that you have plenty of time if you would like to begin to work for positive change in your state.

      A good starting point would be to join the Decoding Dyslexia movement for your state — you can learn more about activities in Montana at their facebook page, here:

    • We generally add recently passed laws near the end of the year when they were passed. This is because there is typically a lag time between the date of passage of the bill, and publication in the permanent statutes. We like to be able to set up a link to the actual law in the books that will persist over time. In the meantime, you can always read the text of the bill by clicking the link to view the laws that passed this year. (“Enacted – Current Session”).

    • Sorry, we still don’t have any information about any legislation pending in Michigan in our database. If it isn’t posted on our site already, it means that we do not have the information.

  7. Here are some links to Michigan resources:

    I have done a word search at the Michigan legislature web site and cannot find any laws or pending bills which contain the word “dyslexia”.

    Here’s a link to the Michigan legislature web site if you would like to get in touch with your state representative:

  8. Could you please tell me if there is a law pertaining to dyslexia in Michigan? If not is there any pending legislation and what group is working on it. Thanks for your help.

  9. Here’s a link to the only law in Missouri that references the word “dyslexia” — it is section 167.268:

    That statute governs school policies for reading interventions and provides:

    The state board of education shall develop guidelines to assist districts in formulating policies for reading intervention plans. Such guidelines may include, but are not limited to, timelines for measuring pupil improvement in reading, information on screening for and treatment of auditory dyslexia, and information on the Lindamood Auditory Conceptualization Test and the Auditory Discrimination in Depth Program

    Please note that the language of the statute is permissive, not mandatory. That is, it allows but does not require the development of guidelines related to one form of dyslexia.

    We have added this law to our database above.


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