State Dyslexia Laws

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

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

StateYear of EnactmentTitle or SubjectCitation/Link
Alabama2015Dyslexia provisions of Administrative CodeSection 20
Arizona2017; 2015Reading programs for dyslexia; Grade RetentionArizona Revised Statutes 15-211 (K-3 Reading program); 15-701 (Promotion & Retention; dyslexia exemption), 15-704 (Definitions)
Arizona2017Dyslexia HandbookArizona Revised Statutes 15-249.07
Arkansas2017; 2015Dyslexia Definition, Screening, Instruction Arkansas Code 6-41-601 to 6-41-610 (2015 Code)
California2007; 1990Teacher Training: "Encourages" universities and schools to provide training in recognizing and teaching for dyslexiaCalifornia Education Code 44227.7 and 56245
California2015Special Education: Dyslexia program guidelinesCalifornia Education Code 56334, 56335
California2011; 1992Definitions and Eligibility for Special Education ServicesCal. Ed. Code 56245 and 56337
Colorado2008Assessment and identification of students with literacy challenges including dyslexiaColorado Revised Statutes 22-2-133
Connecticut2015Dyslexia Assessment & Instruction; Teacher TrainingConnecticut general statutes 10-14t (Reading Assessment), 10-145a (Teacher Training), 10-220a (In-service training)
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)
Illinois2014Definition of Dyslexia and Advisory groupIllinois School Code 2-3.160
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)
Iowa2014Dyslexia AssistanceIowa Code 279.68.2d(3)(a)
Kentucky2012Definitions of Dyslexia and Related TermsHB 69
Kentucky2012Early Education Assessment and InterventionKRS CHAPTER 158.305 (Added), KRS 157.200 (Amended)
Louisiana2013Dyslexia Testing and RemediationRevised Statutes 17:7(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
Louisiana2009Universal dyslexia screening and intervention - Pilot ProgramLouisiana Revised Statutes 17:24.11
Maine2015Dyslexia Screening; Dyslexia CoordinatorMaine Revised Statutes Title 20-A,§4710-B
Massachusetts1983Exempting students with dyslexia from standardized college entrance examsMassachusetts General Laws Ch 15A Sec. 30
Minnesota2016Reading Proficiency; Dyslexia ReportingMinnesota Statutes 120B.12
Minnesota2015Definition of DyslexiaMinnesota Statutes 125A.01
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
Missouri2016Dyslexia ScreeningMissouri Revised Statutes Section 167.950.1
Missouri2012Policy for Reading InterventionMissouri Revised Statutes, Section 167.268
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 disabilitieshttp://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2016/title-18a/section-18a-6-130/
New Mexico2010Intervention for students displaying characteristics of dyslexia.NMSA 22-13-6 (Definition of Dyslexia) NMSA 23-13-32 (Intervention)
North Carolina2017Students with Dyslexia and DyscalculiaSession Law 127
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
Oregon2017; 2015Dyslexia Provisions OR Rev Stat § 326.726 (dyslexia specialistl school screening); OR Rev Stat § 342.950 (teacher training)
Pennsylvania2014Dyslexia Intervention Pilot ProgramPublic Law 773, No. 69
Tennessee2016Dyslexia Screening and InterventionTennessee Code §49-1-229
Texas2011Examination Accommodations For Person With DyslexiaTexas Occupations Code 54.003
Texas2017Dyslexia Specialist at Regional CentersEducation Code Section 8.061
Texas2011Educator Preparation for DyslexiaAmendments to Texas Education Code Section 21.044 and 21.054
Texas2011Retesting University students for dyslexiaTexas Education Code Section 51.9701
Texas2015; 2009Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners and Licensed Dyslexia TherapistsOccupations Code, Ch. 403
Texas2017, 2011, 1995Screening and Treatment for Dyslexia and Related DisordersTexas Education Code §38.003
Texas2011Classroom technology for dyslexiaTexas Education Code Section 38.0031
Texas 2017Special Education Transition PlanningEducation Code 29.011; 20.0112 (b), (e); 29.017
Utah2015Interventions for Reading Difficulties Pilot 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)
Washington 2009Individuals with dyslexia — Identification and instruction Revised Code of Washington 28A.300.530
West Virginia2014Dyslexia and dyscalculia definedWest Virginia Code §18-20-10
Wyoming2012Assessment and Early InterventionWyoming Statutes 21-3-110(a)(xxiii) ; W.S. 21-3-401

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