What’s Happening in Other States?

This list is under revision as of July 26, 2019.  We’re researching which states passed dyslexia related legislation, published dyslexia task force reports or created dyslexia guidance/manuals.  We keep finding more and more states and we think there may have been over 20 states with significant dyslexia action already in 2019!  

This is an alphabetical list of states with dyslexia legislation.  Information on states with DYSLEXIA TASK FORCES will be noted here but the links will be located under a separate tab on this site for easier reference.

ALASKA – 2019 Task force report published

Task force report issued 3/29/19 – See Task Force tab on this website for report and more details.  Previous legislation that established task force:  https://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Text/30?Hsid=SB0027A

ALABAMA – 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

HB388:  http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/ALISON/SearchableInstruments/2019RS/PrintFiles/HB388-int.pdf

Article: http://www.aldailynews.com/house-passes-reading-proficiency-bill/

Article:  https://www.al.com/news/2019/04/alabama-house-committee-approves-3rd-grade-retention-bill.html

ARKANSAS2019 LEGISLATION 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.

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

ARIZONA2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

SB1318 signed by Governor 5/8/19:  https://legiscan.com/AZ/text/SB1318/2019 

Legislation includes DOE shall designate a dyslexia specialist for the Dept., Each district or charter must have one K-3 teacher in each school who has received training related to dyslexia, Each district or charter shall submit a literacy improvement plan, DOE shall develop a list of training opportunities for dyslexia, Higher Ed requirements beginning 7/1/21 that instruction provided meet requirement for dyslexia training – shall include 45 classroom hours in research based, systematic phonics instruction, on or before 7/1/20, DOE shall develop dyslexia screening plan for every K-1 student to be screened within the first 45 days, also has details on a state-wide study committee of 13 members to examine dyslexia screening, intervention and funding for pupils identified as having indicators of dyslexia – to report on or before 12/1/19.

Video explaining the legislation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdcErYY8Fgs&fbclid=IwAR0ZHW-Pr1Eqc4QEgyJpbfe-i1hrKt94uZCvek3fwzO_HlYOE2if3v_OXGA

CALIFORNIANewsom’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 PASSED

HB1134 Concerning researching effective methods for assisting early-grade students with dyslexia.

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

CONNECTICUT –  2019 LEGISLATION PASSED 

SB1067 Establishes an 11 person task force to analyze the implementation of the laws governing dyslexia instruction and training.  CT already has higher ed training requirements – this task force will (among other things) examine if these mandates are being followed.

https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2019&bill_num=1067&fbclid=IwAR1hzFir-hg9bA2aytILp0t_JeTjvSfpStdSHjUb7dn5fmGSx5yGjHoRrak

GEORGIA 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

SB48 signed 5/2/19:  http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20192020/SB/48

Adds definitions; Creation of dyslexia handbook; Higher Ed standards for pre-service teachers; A Dyslexia endorsement for educators; Three year pilot program at three districts to include Structured 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; Districts must report number of student screened and number identified with dyslexic characteristics and number receiving interventions.
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.

INDIANA – 2018 LEGISLATION

Senate Act 217 signed 3/15/18 – Includes mandatory dyslexia screening; Dyslexia Specialist at Dept of Ed; Explicit, direct instruction that is systematic, sequential and cumulative; District reporting of number of students screened, determined to be at risk, the interventions used and number of students receiving intervention and number identified as dyslexic; Professional development for schools, No later than 2019/2020, each school shall employ at least one reading specialist trained in dyslexia; No later than 2019/2020, each teacher shall receive professional awareness of dyslexia & evidence based interventions; DOE shall develop dyslexia resource guide.

http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/217#document-eed9ffdd

ARTICLE 3/25/19: https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/new-indiana-law-offers-help-for-dyslexic-children/article_953a5824-b3df-55dd-8023-0e933d54da6f.html

ARTICLE 3/30/19:  https://www.wishtv.com/news/indiana-news/indiana-expands-resources-for-children-with-dyslexia/

Indiana Dept of Ed Dyslexia Webpage:  https://www.doe.in.gov/literacy/dyslexia

IOWA – 2019 Task Force Reporting – Due Nov 2019

Dyslexia Task Force – bill enacted in 2018 to establish task force.  Work is ongoing.

https://educateiowa.gov/dyslexia-task-force

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.   20 pages.

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

MARYLAND –  2019 LEGISLATION PASSED
The Maryland Ready to Read Act (HB690 / SB734)
Signed in May 2019, the law requires annual screening in Pre-K through 1st grade to identify skill gaps in phonological awareness, letter/sound association, rapid automatized naming (RAN), single word recognition and oral reading fluency. If screening shows risk for reading difficulties, schools will conduct an informal diagnostic assessment, provide supplemental reading instruction with progress monitoring. Parental notification required if child is at risk of reading difficulties and provided with information about which reading intervention will be given. Counties (districts) must create and maintain a list of resources  which would include recommendations for diagnostic assessments, instructional programs and continued monitoring. State to provide technical support and training on screenings, assessments, progress monitoring as well as best practices of supplemental reading instruction.

Ready, Set, Read!  Bill aims to Get Maryland Students Screened Early – Article Published Feb 17, 2019: https://thebaltimorepost.com/ready-set-read-maryland-bill-aims-to-get-students-screened-early/

MINNESOTA2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

2019 legislation in Minnesota — per the Decoding Dyslexia MN legislative update “DDMN’s Dyslexia screening and mandatory dyslexia instruction in teacher preparation programs passed and are effective July 1, 2020”

Decoding Dyslexia website with explanation of legislation: https://www.decodingdyslexiamn.org/mn_legislation

Minnesota Dept of Ed webpage with details on statutes related to dyslexia:

https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/prof/Dyslexia/index.htm

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.”

https://www.minnpost.com/education/2019/01/minnesotas-persistent-literacy-gap-has-lawmakers-looking-for-ways-to-push-evidence-based-reading-instruction/?fbclid=IwAR3-E_CvUr5qakcBjpVCvlKCDszrnBbRU2KzGIuD5sl_AUgfcZOSBU2oCh8

MISSOURI –

Missouri Partners with Pearson for State-Funded Universal Dyslexia Screening of K-3 students- Early dyslexia identification aims to significantly improve students’ trajectories in school and life  August 12, 2019

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/missouri-partners-with-pearson-for-state-funded-universal-dyslexia-screening-of-k-3-students-300896020.html?tc=eml_cleartime

2019 Pending attempted / Did not get through the process

New Legislation Aims to Help Kids withDyslexia  – News article 12/19/18:  https://www.ky3.com/content/news/New-legislation-aims-to-help-kids-with-dyslexia-503112081.html

Missouri Dept of Ed summer 2019 update describes free access to the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen to meet the Missouri screening mandate and also describes LETRS PD underway throughout the state:

https://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/curriculum/dyslexia

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

NEW MEXICO – 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/final/SB0398.pdf

2019 legislation includes screening for all 1st graders starting in 2019-2020, appropriate classroom interventions, systematic scientific, evidence-based interventions with progress monitoring, parental notification, evaluation within 60 days, and every district shall develop an implement literacy professional development for structured literacy.

NORTH DAKOTA– 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

HB1461 (5/1/19) Adds Definition, Screening, Creates pilot program to being in 2019-2020 school year and continue to 2022-2023 school year.

https://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/66-2019/session-laws/documents/ELEMN.pdf#CHAPTER170

OKLAHOMA – 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

HB1228 signed by Governor 4/4/19 requiring a dyslexia awareness program for all teachers beginning in 2020-21 school year.

http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2019-20%20ENR/hB/HB1228%20ENR.PDF

Oklahoma Dyslexia Handbook: A Guide to Literacy and Reading Struggles – 156 pages published July 1, 2019

https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/Oklahoma%20Dyslexia%20Handbook.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2Gorn2P_Fg3fwXqjaLkT5Cf6FEu1O4wfSZQqYQ5wQEpMx2R5R5oGtXZ7s

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

OREGON

Oregon SB612 (2017) Plan for Universal Screening for Risk Factors of Dyslexia:  https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/SpecialEducation/RegPrograms_BestPractice/Documents/sb-612-plan-for-universal-screening-for-risk-factors-of-dyslexia-final.pdf

Article – Oregon plan to tackle dyslexia starts this fall for kindergarteners, first-graders (9/6/18):  https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6501971-151/oregon-plan-to-tackle-dyslexia-starts-this-fall

RHODE ISLAND – 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

H5887 passed 7/8/19: Requires licensed teachers to be knowledgeable of and proficient in scientific reading instruction.  Requirements for both educator prep programs and in service professional development.  Definitions of “Scientific reading instruction” and “Structured literacy instruction” included in statute, Dept of Ed to develop resources on their website, Dept of Ed shall develop a collaborative learning laboratory, no later than January 2020, the general assembly shall form a joint study research commission to study the possibility and feasibility of establishing two schools on college campuses which would be dedicated to the instruction of dyslexic children and the development of instructional techniques and professional development programs used to improve the instruction and identification of dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

https://www.billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1107290

UTAH – 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

SB37  passed 3/22/19: It extends and expands the Reading Difficulties Pilot Program that was passed in 2015.

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

VIRGINIA – 2019 LEGISLATION PASSED

SB1718 passed 3/21/19:  The Dept of Ed in consultation with stakeholders develop a plan to implement a pilot program to incorporate additional diagnostic tools into reading diagnostic tests used for screening students in kindergarten through grade three.  Report due not later than 12/1/19  https://legiscan.com/VA/bill/SB1718/2019

WASHINGTON – 2018 LEGISLATION PASSED

SB6162 Signed 3/15/18 :  http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/6162-S2.PL.pdf

Article: (7/8/19) Students with dyslexia struggle in Washington.  Will a fresh approach to reading instruction be enough?

https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/students-with-dyslexia-struggle-in-washington-will-a-fresh-approach-to-reading-instruction-be-enough/

WISCONSIN–  Legislation possibly still pending as of June 2019

Joint Legislative Council recommendations for 2019-2020 legislation (4/1/19):  https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lc/study/2018/1791/070_joint_legislative_council_recommendation_to_the_2019_20_legislature/jlcr_2019_05

AB110 to develop a guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions – still appears to be pending as of 6/24/19:  http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/proposals/reg/asm/bill/ab110

AB50  Relating to: employing a dyslexia specialist at the Department of Public Instruction and making an appropriation. (FE) – still appears to be pending? http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/proposals/reg/asm/bill/ab50

Public Radio Report – Dyslexic Students In Wisconsin Could Receive More Support – Aired 1/14/19  https://www.wpr.org/listen/1389086

Article (7/3/19) Wisconsin Dyslexia Bill Advances Amid Partisan Disagreement  https://www.wuwm.com/post/wisconsin-dyslexia-bill-advances-amid-partisan-disagreement#stream/0

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