AN ACT concerning school districts; relating to the identification and instruction of pupils with dyslexia. The bill requires Kansas schools to accept the diagnosis of dyslexia from any licensed psychologist, physician or psychiatrist, and to provide services for all children with a dyslexia diagnosis.
The state board of education shall adopt rules and regulations to ensure that students enrolled in public schools are screened or tested to identify those students with reading disabilities, including, but
not limited to, dyslexia.
Requires screening of children in grades K-2 for dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Requires schools to accept a diagnosis of dyslexia by a psychologist or medical doctor. Requires the school district to implement a reading instruction program commensurate with the student’s reading deficiencies, whether or not the student has an individualized education plan.
Resolution directing the State Board of Education to:
- Ensure early screening for dyslexia or other reading disabilities;
- Review level and pace of implementation of best practices of instruction;
- Review teacher preparation courses to ensure knowledge of best practices for support for children with dyslexia;
- Submit a progress report by December 31, 2009.