STATES WITH 2019 LEGISLATION- EITHER PASSED OR PENDING
Arkansas – PASSED – 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 – STILL IN PROCESS AS OF 4/18/19 Approved by Senate; Next Step House Committee as a Whole. 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 STILL IN PROCESS AS OF 4/18/19
Concerning researching effective methods for assisting early-grade students with dyslexia.
Georgia– PASSED – AWAITING GOVERNOR SIGNATURE AS OF 4/5/19
SB48 introduced 2/14/19
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
H.406 introduced 2/26/19 Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require that students in public schools be screened for dyslexia and that teachers receive training concerning dyslexia.
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.
STATES WITH CURRENT OR RECENTLY REPORTED TASK FORCES
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 –
NEW – TASK FORCE REPORT CALLS FOR
-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
INDIVIDUAL STATE NEWS
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
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.”
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.
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.
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