Dyslexia Legislation by State

 

dyslexic laws us
At present, the US is rapidly introducing new dyslexia legislation that will give more students access to support and ensure the right intervention is in place to help.

Below is a comprehensive list of all dyslexia laws currently in place in the United States and what they mean for you.

 

NO LAWS: Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, New York, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Vermont.

Last updated: 31st May 2017

State Bill Name Brief Description
Alabama 2015 Dyslexia added to Alabama Administrative code, screening, intervention, access to assistive technology and accommodations in school.
Alaska None N/A
Arizona S.B. 1461

 

HB 2202

SB 1461: Dyslexia definition, PD dyslexia can count as continuing education credit, dyslexia exemption for 3rd Grade Retention Law

HB 2202: State Dyslexia Handbook & dyslexia definition now in law.

Arkansas Act 1294 Dyslexia intervention & services, screening and intervention, ADE approved programs, PD for educators, instructional approaches.
California A.B. 1369 Identification & assessment, program to improve educational programs for those with dyslexia
Colorado H.B.1223 Identification and PD for learning difficulties (not specifically dyslexia)
Connecticut SB 1054

HB 7254

SB 1054: DOE to be responsible for providing info and assistance to boards of ed, intervention & identification

HB 7254: Teachers applying for Special Ed endorsement have to study diagnosis, remediation & instruction in the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia.

Delaware SB 229 Severe dyslexic students can waive state assessments. Evidence-based interventions
Florida Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 7029 John McKay Scholarships for IEP for 504 students to attend a public school other than assigned or private school for students with learning disabilities.
Georgia None N/A
Hawaii S.B. 2217 Make PD & intervention available, promotes awareness of assessment, and curriculum interventions
Idaho None N/A
Illinois HB. 3700 Screening, intervention & PD for reading disabilities. Incorporation of IDA dyslexia definition into administrative rules
Indiana H.B. 1108 Defines dyslexia & offers PD
Iowa SF 2319 Assistance for those with dyslexia, PD strategies to support teacher effectiveness in literacy development
Kansas (failed) HB 5015 Screening, intervention & teacher prep courses
Kentucky H.B. 69. Define dyslexia in law, DOE to make technical assistance, training and web-based resource available
Louisiana R.S. 17:7:11 Identification, assessment, intervention, accommodations.
Maine LD 231 Definition of dyslexia in law, screening from kindergarten – grade 2 & dyslexia consultant
Maryland H.B. 278 Dyslexia task force created (end date of task force extended to Dec 2016 in Feb 2016)
Massachusetts (pending) H.4406 Amended 6/16/16 to H4406, bill received favourably 6/16/16, no further action taken as of 1/3/17
Michigan None N/A
Minnesota None N/A
Mississippi H.B. 1031

H.B. 1046

HB 1031: Scholarship to provide dyslexic students with school choice. Parents can apply for a funding voucher for intervention

HB 1046: In law July 1st 2017. Expansion of previous bill to let students with dyslexia receive state money to attend private schools.

Missouri HB 2379, & SB 638

HB 1646

HB 2379 & SB 638: By Dec 31st 2017 the Dep. Of Elementary and Secondary Ed must develop screening guidelines for dyslexia and related disorders & develop necessary classroom support. By2018-19 school year each public school (charter included) needs to conduct screenings and provide reasonable classroom support consistent with Dec 31st guidelines. All students must do 2 hours of PD on dyslexia. Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia created (20 members) to make recommendations for a statewide identification, intervention and delivery of supports system.
Montana None N/A
Nebraska None N/A
Nevada AB 341 and SB 391 Screening, intervention & PD
New Hampshire HB 1644-FN Screening, intervention, reading specialist
New Jersey PL2013 c 131, 105, 210. Definition of dyslexia in law, PD, screening
New Mexico HB 2010. Definition of dyslexia in law, provide phonics-based tutoring as part of RTI
New York None N/A
North Carolina None N/A
North Dakota None N/A
Ohio HB 96, HB 157 Definition of dyslexia in law, 3-year pilot program for identification & remediation (completed 2015, no change to law)
Oklahoma §70-7001, HB 3090 Pilot Program (began 2012, no change to law). Scholarships for students with learning disabilities
Oregon SB 612, HB 2412 PD for one teacher in every K5 public school, screening, designate dyslexia specialist
Pennsylvania A.B.69 Screening & Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program
Rhode Island H 5136 Definition of dyslexia in law, screening, intervention
South Carolina Act 103 Task force on dyslexia created 2011 (completed 2013, no change to law)
South Dakota (pending) House Bill 1198 Recognise Dyslexia in law. First read in House 02/02/2017
Tennessee SB 2635

HB 1735/ SB 2002

SB 2635 (update to previous bill): Screening, intervention & PD. 9 person Dyslexia Advisory Council created

SB 2002: Dyslexia recognised in law, training to address dyslexia, brain-based multisensory intervention

Texas 2009 Amendment Screening, intervention, licensed therapists & dyslexia handbook
Utah HB. 117 Pilot program for PD and KS5 intervention
Vermont None N/A
Virginia HB 842. Dyslexia PD (1st July 2017). If a local board employs reading specialists at least one must have expertise in identification and teaching of students with dyslexia or a related disorder. They then become a resource for teachers in the district.
Washington SB 6016 Handbook, PD & intervention
West Virginia HB 4608 Definition of dyslexia and dyscalculia in law, screening, ongoing information provided to parents on dyslexia and the support available

 

Wisconsin Study Guide Reading guide, teacher tests for new licences
Wyoming SF0052 Screening & intervention to grade 3. Annual reports aiming for 85% of students to be reading to level by grade 3. The program shall be multi-tiered and shall include various interventions to facilitate remediation of any reading difficulty as early as possible.