PA 17-3—HB 7254

Education Committee

AN ACT REQUIRING SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS TO COMPLETE A PROGRAM OF STUDY IN EVIDENCE-BASED STRUCTURED LITERACY INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA

SUMMARY: Beginning July 1, 2018, this act establishes additional requirements for applicants seeking a comprehensive special education or integrated early childhood and special education endorsement, whether they are already certified or applying to be certified as teachers. 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, dyslexic students.

Under existing law, unchanged by the act, current comprehensive special education endorsement applicants must (1) achieve a satisfactory score on the State Board of Education-approved reading instruction exam or a comparable reading instruction exam with equivalent standards and (2) complete an approved teacher preparation program specifically in the area in which they are seeking endorsement and be recommended for certification.

Under the act, dyslexia has the same meaning found in the State Department of Education's guidance manual for individualized education programs under special education law. The manual defines dyslexia as a type of learning disability that is neurobiological in origin; affects reading, specifically spelling, decoding words, and fluent word recognition; and results from a significant deficit in phonological processing.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017