What’s Happening in Other States?

This is an alphabetic order of states with dyslexia legislation.  Under construction as of June 23, 2019 so this may not be complete.  Information on states with DYSLEXIA TASK FORCES will be noted here but the links will be located under a separate tab on this site.

ArkansasPASSED – 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.

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2019/2019R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=SB153

ArizonaSTILL 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.

https://legiscan.com/AZ/bill/SB1318/2019?fbclid=IwAR2rMNOH3-iFtabyvWzH4HQWbscywjxfVxh8TyOXi9Ku4P8IkHSQoWusNSw

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

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-gavin-newsom-governor-dyslexia-20190121-story.html?fbclid=IwAR292A9jU4Y5f8M8NbBqZfupGALRwdHGUgpwijuChY0xSq2uuuis0bHGPNU

Colorado 2019 LEGISLATION – HB1134 PASSED

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

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1134

Georgia PASSED – AWAITING GOVERNOR SIGNATURE AS OF 4/5/19

SB48 introduced 2/14/19

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/SB/48

Adds definitions; Creation of dyslexia handbook; Training for future teachers; Three year pilot program at three districts to include Stuctured Literacy training – will provide financial evidence of cost savings using improved teaching methodology; Universal screening of all Kindergarten students and some students in grades 1-3.

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/

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.

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/11/23/kansas-students-dyslexia

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

https://education.ky.gov/curriculum/standards/teachtools/Documents/Dyslexia_Toolkit_2019.pdf

MARYLAND –  PASSED – AWAITING GOVERNOR SIGNATURE AS OF 4/18/19
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

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

Pending legislation – SF 81/HF835 Introduced Jan/Feb 2019 – Unsure of status

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF81&version=0&session_year=2019&session_number=0

MISSOURI – Pending legislation – Missouri Senate Bill 73

https://legiscan.com/MO/bill/SB73/2019

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.

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– Montana SB 140 to be introduced Feb 2019

A bill to mandate dyslexia screening in Montana schools

https://leg.mt.gov/bills/2019/billpdf/SB0140.pdf

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

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.

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/66-2019/bill-actions/ba1461.html

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

https://www.publicradiotulsa.org/post/state-task-force-starts-work-resource-handbook-dyslexia-other-reading-disorders

UTAH

SB37  introduced 1/28/19

https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/SB0037.html

VERMONT

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.

https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0406/H-0406%20As%20Introduced.pdf

VIRGINIA – 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.

https://legiscan.com/VA/bill/SB1718/2019

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

https://www.wpr.org/listen/1389086

NATIONWIDE REPORTS

Education Commission of the States Report from August 2018:

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lc/study/2018/1791/020_august_29_2018_meeting_9_30_a_m_room_411_south_state_capitol/sep18education_commission_response_1

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

https://app.box.com/s/8b5755tt5fqixqk29bnr1ozlpunw6uk9