What’s Happening in Other States?


Arkansas – SB153- Act 83 of 2019 passed.  This was their 7th piece of dyslexia legislation in 6 years!
1. Improvement plan that must include a literacy plan that must include the science of reading
2. Ensure the professional development lines up with the right to read act and the pathways designed by the ADE.
3. List of SOR curriculum and resources and Dyslexia curriculums and resources
4. Ensure continual PD in science of reading

All deal with literacy… all deal with higher ed and K-12 education.


Arizona – SB1318 introduced 2/13/19

Requires the dyslexia plan to:
a) ensure every student first enrolled in kindergarten or first grade at an Arizona public school
receives screening for dyslexia risk factors;
b) provide guidance for notifications sent by school districts to parents of students identified
as at risk for dyslexia based on a screening; and
c) identify cost-effective screening tests that screen for phonological awareness, rapid naming
skills, correspondence between sounds and letters, and a family history of difficulty in
learning to read.


Colorado – HB1134 introduced 1/25/19

Concerning researching effective methods for assisting early-grade students with dyslexia.


Georgia- SB48 introduced 2/14/19


First Reader Summary
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.
Maryland – The Maryland Ready to Read Act (HB690 / SB734)
If passed the law would require screening and require districts to create and maintain a ‘dyslexia handbook’ whic would include recommendations for diagnostic assessments, intructional programs and continued monitoring. See Feb 17, 2019 article linked below
Minnesota – Pending legislation – SF 81 – See article link below


Missouri – Pending legislation – Missouri Senate Bill 73


Summary: Requires each local school district and charter school to have on file a policy for reading intervention plans for any pupils of the district and charter schools in grades kindergarten through four.

Montana – Montana SB 140 to be introduced Feb 2019

A bill to mandate dyslexia screening in Montana schools


North Dakota – HB 1461 introduced 1/2019

Abbreviated summary:  relating to dyslexia screenings and training for teachers and other staff; to amend and reenact section 15.1-02-16 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to credentials for dyslexia specialists; and to provide for a report to the legislative management.  Was read the first time and referred to the Education Committee.



SB37  introduced 1/28/19



SB1718 introduced 1/31/19

Standards of Quality; reading diagnostic tests. Requires that the first reading diagnostic test administered in the school year to a student in kindergarten through grade three include age-normed and evidence-based phonological processing measures, including phonemic awareness and rapid automatized naming.



Alaska – Task Force due to report by 3/29/19

Georgia – Task force reported 12/2018 – See report link below.  SB48 now being considered http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/SB/48

Iowa – Task Force due to report by 11/15/19

Kansas – Task Force due to report by 1/30/19 – 


-Providing evidence based approach to literacy instruction

-Requiring Kansas public schools and universities to train teachers on better instruction techniques

-Screening and identifying children sooner, starting in kindergarten

View the news report here:


Oklahoma – Task force due to report soon

Washington – Task Force ongoing


Education Commission of the States Report from August 2018:


Dyslexia Laws in the USA: A 2018 Update; Martha Youman and Nancy Mather



This is a chronological list of states who are addressing dyslexia with most recent news/reports first.  This is not an exhaustive list but just a good place to see recent developments in other states.

Maryland – Ready, Set, Read!  Bill aims to Get Maryland Students Screened Early – Article Published Feb 17, 2019

Ready, Set, Read! Bill Aims to Get Maryland Students Screened Early

Minnesota – Minnesota’s persistent literacy gap has lawmakers looking for ways to push evidence-based reading instruction.  Article published 1/31/19 on bill SF81 to create a Minnesota Reads Task Force.  From the article:

“People are not mad enough about how we are failing their students,” he said. “There should be a great deal of outrage right now that we are not making adequate progress.”

Minnesota’s persistent literacy gap has lawmakers looking for ways to push evidence-based reading instruction

California – Newsom’s Struggles with Dyslexia prompt a ‘very personal quest’ to fund early screening


Wisconsin Public Radio Report – Dyslexic Students In Wisconsin Could Receive More Support – Aired 1/14/19


Kentucky K-3 Dyslexia Toolkit – Published January 2019.   23 pages.


Georgia State Senate Final Report of the Senate Study Committee on Dyslexia (SR761) – Published December 2018.  Recommendations include Post-Secondary Curriculum, Screening in Schools and Approved Screeners, Statewide Guidance, Teacher Training & Evaluation.

GA Senate Study Committee Report: http://www.senate.ga.gov/sro/Documents/StudyCommRpts/2018_Dyslexia.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0zlCG3UK6vi6TlSWNkrNV16a8uQS6BtltsnauIoUUAmHdTLBPRgNdQpFw

Newspaper Article: https://www.statesboroherald.com/local/associated-press/georgia-leaders-devise-plan-help-dyslexic-students/

Missouri- New Legislation Aims to Help Kids with Dyslexia  – News article 12/19/18

Per this article:  Senate Bill 73 draft being introduced requires each local school district and charter school to have on file a policy for reading intervention plans for any pupils of the district and charter schools in grades kindergarten through four.

Newspaper Article:  https://www.ky3.com/content/news/New-legislation-aims-to-help-kids-with-dyslexia-503112081.html

Montana – Montanans shining spotlight on Learning Disability that Affects 1 in 5 people – News article 12/2/18

Per this article:  Legislation planned for 2019

Newspaper Article:  https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/montanans-shining-spotlight-on-learning-disability-that-affects-in-people/article_e5668894-c82c-5d53-bcd3-822014218322.html

Kansas – Kansas Moves to Help Students with Dyslexia – Radio Segment aired 11/23/18

Per this segment, a task force is under way.  Task Force hopefully reporting by end of January 2019.


Oklahoma – State Task Force Starts Work on Resource Handbook for Dyslexia and other Reading Disorders – September 17, 2018