PA 16-92—sSB 317

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING DYSLEXIA

SUMMARY: Beginning July 1, 2017, this act establishes additional requirements for applicants seeking a teacher certification endorsement as a remedial reading, remedial language arts, or reading consultant. It requires them to complete a reading and language diagnosis and remediation program that includes supervised practicum hours and instruction in the detection of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia. This requirement applies to applicants for any of the three teacher certification levels (initial, provisional, or professional), as well as certified teachers seeking the endorsement.

Prior law only required applicants for these endorsements to achieve a satisfactory score on the State Board of Education (SBE)-approved reading instruction exam or a comparable reading instruction exam with standards equivalent to the SBE-approved exam. The act suspends this exam requirement for one year, starting on July 1, 2016, and reinstates it when the new diagnosis and remediation program requirement becomes effective on July 1, 2017.

Under the act, dyslexia has the same meaning found in the State Department of Education's guidance manual for individualized education programs (IEP) under special education law (IEP Manual and Forms, revised January 2015). The manual defines dyslexia as a type of learning disability that affects reading, specifically spelling, decoding words, and fluent word recognition.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

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