Dyslexia Laws Status by State: March 2018 Update


State Law/Purpose Status Handbook Other
AL Amendment to Alabama Code Regulation 290-3-1-.20 (2015): “Alabama’s Dyslexia Bill of Rights: Recognizing + Reaching = Reading”: Ensures that students with dyslexia receive early intervention through general education. Passed None Dyslexia Month
SB 314 (2015): Defines dyslexia and requires each public school district to identify students with dyslexia and provide them with appropriate educational services including dyslexia-specific interventions. Failed
AK HB 64 (2017): Establishes a task force to explore reading proficiency and reading instruction for all students, as well as the effects of dyslexia on some students. Pending None None
AZ HB 2202 (2017): Requires Department of Education to develop a dyslexia handbook. Passed Specific Learning Disability–Dyslexia: A Technical Assistance Document to Support Families and Teachers None
SB 1461 (2015): Provides definition of dyslexia, allows teachers to use dyslexia training toward continuing education credits, and prevents grade retention of students with dyslexia based on reading scores. Passed
AR SB 708 (2017) Amends and clarifies Arkansas Code provisions concerning dyslexia screening and intervention; adds new enforcement provisions. Passed Arkansas Dyslexia Resource Guide None
SB 788 (2015): Modifies the requirements concerning screening for dyslexia and clarifies the requirements for school districts to screen students for dyslexia. Passed
SB 33 (2013): Proposes to ensure that children with dyslexia have their needs met by the public school system. Defines dyslexia and related disorders; requires both screening and intervention. Passed
SB 7 (2011): Proposes K-12 screening, training, and intervention. Failed
CA AB 1369 (2015): Requires the development of program guidelines for dyslexia screening and interventions in all public schools. Passed California Dyslexia Guidelines None
Education Code Section 56240-56245: Encourages education of teachers. In CA law
Family Code Section 8733: Requires adoption agencies to report to adoptive parents if biological parents had disabilities, including dyslexia. In CA law
Education Code Section 52853: Requires schools to develop programs for training in dyslexia intervention. In CA law
Education Code Section 44227.7: Encourages higher education to provide teacher training for dyslexia and related disorders. In CA law
CO SB 245 (2011): Provides funds for in-school dyslexia training, identification, and higher education programs to train on dyslexia. Passed None None
CT HB 7454 (2017): Requires special education teachers to complete a program of study in evidence-based structured literacy interventions for students with dyslexia. Passed None None
HB 715 (2017): Defines best interventions for dyslexia; develops a program of study for speech pathologists; establishes a dyslexia advisory council; and enhances the assessment requirement for dyslexia in general education. Passed
SB 317 (2016): Provides standards for certification of reading consultants to include training in dyslexia. Passed
SB 1054 (2015): Requires the appointment of an employee of the Department of Education to provide guidance on dyslexia. Passed
HB 5666 (2015): Requires the inclusion of dyslexia training in the program of professional development for teachers. Pending
HB 115 (2000): Requires provision of recorded books for classrooms with students with dyslexia. Passed
DE Amendment to SB 228 (2014): Provides alternate forms of assessment for LD students and creation of an IEP and interventions for children not reading by the age of 7. Passed None  
D.C. B 22-0079: Proposes dyslexia and other reading disabilities screening and prevention pilot program. Pending None  
FL HB 1329 (2011): Provides scholarships for students with disabilities, including dyslexia. Passed FCRR Technical Report #8 None
HB 1249 (2011): Waives certain requirements for high school diploma for students with disabilities, including dyslexia. Failed
GA HR 484 (2017): Encourages schools to recognize profound impact of dyslexia and encourages promotion of dyslexia day. Pending None Dyslexia Day
HR 1235 (2015): Recognizes that dyslexia has a profound impact on education and all aspects of life. Passed
HI HR 107 (2015): Requests an audit of the Department of Education’s efforts and efficiency in supporting students with dyslexia. Pending None None
HB 675 (2013-2014): Promotes awareness of the definition and characteristics of dyslexia and other similar learning disorders. Requires the Department of Education to provide professional development to teachers relating to students with dyslexia. Requires the Hawaii teachers’ standards board to establish licensure standards for reading specialists. Failed
SCR 110 – HCR 129 (2010): Establishes a working group to develop a comprehensive plan to improve awareness of and strengthen support for persons with dyslexia. Passed
SB 2217 (2010): Promotes awareness of dyslexia, assessment and identification, remedial curriculum, progress monitoring, interventions, and training. Passed
ID None None None None
IL SJR 16 (2017): Encourages continued efforts to bring awareness regarding dyslexia, including recognizing dyslexia week. Passed None Dyslexia Week
HB 4352 (2015): Changes definition of dyslexia to specify that it is neurological in origin and characterized by poor basic reading skills and spelling. Passed
HB 2700 (2013-2014): Requires the State Board of Education to distribute to each school board information on screening instruments available to identify students who exhibit potential indicators of dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Pending
HB 4084 (2011): Proposes a pilot project for early screening. Pending
HB 5344 (2009-2010): Provides recorded books for blind students and students with dyslexia. Failed
IN HB 1108 (2015) Defines dyslexia and requires teacher training. Passed None None
IA HF 2289 (2015): Requires practitioner preparation in reading and dyslexia interventions for public school students. Pending None None
HF 2138 (2015): Requires each area education agency to employ a dyslexia specialist, subject to an appropriation by the general assembly. Pending
HF 325 (2015): Makes professional development relating to dyslexia as a condition of teacher licensure and license renewal by the Board of Educational Examiners. Pending
SF 2319 (2013): Provides guidelines on how to improve student literacy skills and requires providing teacher assistance. Passed (2014)
KS SB 44 (2013-2014): Requires the identification and instruction of students with dyslexia. The bill requires Kansas schools to accept the diagnosis of dyslexia from any licensed psychologist, physician, or psychiatrist, and to provide services for all children with a dyslexia diagnosis. Failed None None
SB 410 (2012): Requires schools to implement “best practices” of instruction for students with dyslexia. Failed
SB 75 (2011): Proposes screening, instruction, intervention, and development of pilot programs. Failed
HB 5015 (2008): Provides early screening; a review of level and pace of implementation of best practices of instruction; review of teacher preparation courses; requires a progress report by December 31, 2009. Passed
KY HB 307 (2017): Requires implementation of screening and interventions to improve student learning and revise the definition of dyslexia. Includes dyslexia in response to intervention, requires teacher training and the development of resources for teachers. Pending None None
HB 69 (2012): Requires a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to define “aphasia,” dyscalculia,” “dysgraphia,” “dyslexia,” “phonemic awareness,” and “scientifically based research”; requires the Kentucky Board of Education to promulgate administrative regulations to implement district-wide use of K-3 response-to-intervention system in reading Passed
SB278 (2000): Creates a dyslexia resource center. Failed
LA SR 49 (2017): Recognizes October 2017 as Dyslexia Awareness Month and requests that schools and state and local educational agencies address the significant educational implications of dyslexia. Pending Part XXXV. Regulations and Guidelines for Implementation of the Louisiana Law for the Education of Dyslexic Students  
R.S. 17:7(11): Requires identification and services within the general education program for students demonstrating characteristics of dyslexia, including assessment, intervention, and accommodations. In LA law
SCR 62 (2010): Requests study and review of the clarity of board regulations and guidelines relative to the education of students with dyslexia and the effectiveness of procedures for monitoring the compliance of public schools and school districts when implementing such regulations and related state law. Passed
HR 185 (2010): Creates a dyslexia pilot study. Passed
ME LD 231 (2017): Provides dyslexia screening and establishment of a dyslexia coordinator in all school districts. Passed None None
HP 986 (2015): Promotes awareness of dyslexia. Passed
LD 44 (2015): Requires Department of Education to train school personnel to implement dyslexia awareness and student accommodation policies. Passed
MD HB 1264 (2017): Establishes dyslexia pilot program and advisory board. Pending None None
SB 15 (2017): Creates a task force to study the implementation of a dyslexia education program. Passed
SB 823 and HB 895 (2016): Creates a task force to study the implementation of a dyslexia education program – membership, duties, and extension. Passed
HB 1252 (2012): Establishes a pilot program for testing for dyslexia and related learning disorders. Requires county boards to provide specified services to students with dyslexia. Failed
MA S 294 (2017): Requires mandatory screening for dyslexia. Pending None None
S 313 (2017): Redefines dyslexia, provides guidelines for screening. Pending
H 330 (2017): Recognizes dyslexia as neurological in origin and establishes Phonological Awareness (PA), Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN), and Letter-Sound Knowledge (LSK) as indicators of dyslexia. Pending
HB 3680 (2011): Requires teachers to get training in disorders including dyslexia. In MA Law
Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 15A, §30, 1983: Provides a waiver of college exams to students with dyslexia. In MA Law
HB 1944/3932 (2011-2012): High School graduation – Provides that a student with learning disabilities who fails to satisfy the requirements of the competency determination may nonetheless receive a high school diploma if specified requirements are met. Failed
MI None   None None
MN HB 668 (2017-2018): Requires and provides funds for dyslexia and literacy specialists. Passed Informational Paper # 1: Dyslexia None
SF 115 (2017-2018): Establishes and provides bond issue for dyslexia Institute of Minnesota in Olmsted county. Pending
MS HB 488 (2015): Creates Dyslexia Therapy Teacher Forgivable Loan (CNDT) for students seeking a Master’s degree in Dyslexia Therapy who will then work in schools helping students with dyslexia. . Passed Mississippi Dyslexia Handbook None
HB 672 (2013): Creates Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship. Increases the maximum number of Master’s candidate students eligible for a scholarship under the Dyslexia Education Scholarship Program from 10 to 20. Passed
HB 1031 (2012): Allows students enrolled in schools that do not have dyslexia programs to transfer to a different school or district. Passed
HB 1494 (2012): Provides funds for educator training, including dyslexia. Passed
HB 1032 (2012): Creates Dyslexia Scholarships for Teachers – A bill to establish the Mississippi Dyslexia Education Scholarship Program for the purpose of identifying and recruiting qualified university and college students from the state to complete education with a focus on providing dyslexia instruction. Passed
Amendment to 37-23-15, Mississippi Code Of 1972 (1997): Creates pilot programs for testing certain student for dyslexia. Passed
MO HB 2379 (2016): Establishes a dyslexia screening and task force. Passed None None
HB 1928 (2015): Creates legislative task force on dyslexia and requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to employ a dyslexia specialist and develop professional development programs for school staff. Pending
HB 2546 (2016): Requires yearly dyslexia training for all teachers. Pending
MT None   None None
NE LB 645 (2017): Revises dyslexia definition. Passed Dyslexia Assistance Document None
LR 222 (2017): Creates interim study to examine dyslexia and literacy. Pending
LB 370 (2015): Adds dyslexia to Medicaid state plan. Pending
NV Section 1- Chapter 388 of NRS (1984): Requires school districts to establish reading programs. In NV Law Study of Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities  
NH HB 1644 (2016): Provides screening and intervention for dyslexia. Passed None None
NJ AJR 49 (2013): Establishes October as dyslexia awareness month. Passed None Dyslexia month
AR 129/SR 91 (2013): Urges the State Board of Education to develop an endorsement to the instructional certificate for teachers of students with dyslexia and to establish eligibility and training requirements for the endorsement. Passed
A 3606/S2441 (2012-2013): Requires Department of Education to provide professional development opportunities related to reading disabilities; mandates K-3 and reading and special education teachers annually compete two hours of professional development related to reading disabilities. Passed
A 3608 (2012-2013): Directs State Board of Education to incorporate the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of dyslexia into special education regulations. Defines dyslexia as “a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.” Passed
A 3605/S2442 (2012-2013): Requires all public school kindergarten students to be screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities. Passed
AB 811 (2010): Provides for instruction in dyslexia awareness and methods of teaching students with dyslexia for candidates for teaching certificates and current teachers and paraprofessionals. Pending
AB 880 / SB 2400 (2008-2009): Creates New Jersey Reading Disabilities Task Force. Passed
NM SM 74 (2013): Establishes dyslexia awareness month. Passed None Dyslexia month
HB 230 (2010): Requires interventions for students with signs of dyslexia. Passed
NY A 8262 (2017): Directs the commissioner of education to issue guidance memorandum to school districts and BOCES to inform of the unique characteristics of dyslexia. Passed None None
A09940 (2011-2012): Amends the education law, in relation to the certification or training of teachers, administrators and instructors in the area of dyslexia and related disorders (Dyslexia Teacher Certification). Pending
NC HB 149 (2017): Requires the State Board of Education to develop tools to identify students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Passed None None
ND None   None None
OH HB 96 (2011-2012): Creates a pilot program for dyslexia screening. Passed None Dyslexia Month
HB 157 (2011): Creates educational service centers to provide teacher professional development on dyslexia; identifies a “dyslexia specialist” to provide training for K-4 teachers in school districts and other public schools. Passed
OK HB 3090 (2012): Establishes scholarships for students with disabilities, including dyslexia, who want to attend a private school. Passed None None
SB 1565 (2012): Creates dyslexia teacher training pilot program. Passed
HB 1997 (2011): Provides dyslexia screening. Failed
OR SB 1003 (2017): Provides screening for dyslexia in kindergarten. Passed None None
PA SB 776 (2017): Creates an Amendment of Public School Code to include a definition and an intervention pilot program for dyslexia. Pending None Dyslexia Month
Dyslexia Week
HB 198 (2013-2014): Defines dyslexia and establishes screening pilot program to provide early screening and intervention services for children with risk factors for dyslexia, such as low phonemic awareness. Passed
HB 322 (1985-1986): Waives college entrance exams. In PA Law
RI HR 6109 (2015): Reinstates and extends dyslexia commission. Passed None None
HB 7542 (2012): Creates a commission for educational recommendations for students with dyslexia. Passed
HB 7541 (2012): Establishes Rhode Island Dyslexia Act which defines dyslexia and the research-based interventions appropriate for students with dyslexia. Failed
SC SB 241 (2011): Creates the South Carolina dyslexia taskforce. Passed None None
SD None   The Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers And Parents in South Dakota None
TN SB 2635 (2016): Requires Department of Education to develop procedures for identifying dyslexia through universal screening. Pending None None
HB 1735 (2014): “Dyslexia is Real” Defines “dyslexia” as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin and is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. Requires regular teacher in-service training to formally address dyslexia and similar reading disorders and provide effective instruction for students with dyslexia using appropriate scientific research and brain-based multisensory intervention methods and strategies. Passed
TX HB 1886 (2017):,Requires employment of dyslexia specialists by regional education service centers, the development of a list of training opportunities for educators regarding dyslexia, and transition planning for students enrolled in a special education program. Passed Texas Dyslexia Handbook Dyslexia Day
HB 2683 (2015):,Requires licensing and regulation of dyslexia practitioners and therapists by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Failed
SB 185 (2013: Amends Texas Education Code to require each school district and open-enrollment charter school to report through the Public Education Information Management System information regarding the number of students enrolled in the district or school who are identified as having dyslexia. Failed
SB 867 (2011): Provides adult testing accommodations for a person with dyslexia taking a licensing examination administered by a state agency. Passed
SB 866 (2011): Establishes procedures for the education of public school students with dyslexia, the education and training of educators who teach students with dyslexia, and the assessment of students with dyslexia attending an institution of higher education. Passed
Texas Education Code (TEC) § 38.003: Provides screening and treatment. In TX Law
Texas Education Code §7.028(b): Requires compliance with dyslexia law. In TX Law
Texas Administrative Code §74.28: Requires districts to provide procedures for identification, adherence to the dyslexia handbook, and purchase of an instructional program for students with dyslexia. In TX Law
Texas Occupations Code Chapter 403: Provides licensing for dyslexia practitioners and therapists. In TX Law
UT SB 117 (2015): Allows up to five school districts or charter schools to receive $30,000 per school to invest in training and materials for dyslexia. Passed None None
HB 171 (2013): Requires reading assessments and screening for learning difficulties in public schools. This bill defines terms and requires that the State Board of Education develops a list of characteristics that indicate whether a student may be at risk for a reading difficulties or dyslexia. Failed
VT None   None None
VA HB 2395 (2017): Requires schools to employ reading specialists in elementary schools who have training in the identification of and the appropriate interventions, accommodations, and teaching techniques for students with dyslexia or a related disorder. Passed    
SJR 87 (2010): Creates a pilot study for screening in kindergarten. Passed
HB 558 (2010): Requires early reading intervention services for students in grades K-3 who demonstrate deficiencies. Failed
WA SB 6318 (2011-2012): Revises teacher and principal evaluation through professional development and training, dyslexia included. Pending None None
SB 6016 (2009-2010): Creates funds for pilot projects to develop educator training programs and develop a handbook. Passed
WV HB 3023 (2017): Requires assessment for students with suspected dyslexia and dyscalculia. Pending None None
SB 69 (2015): Requires screening for dyslexia in public schools. Pending
SB 62 (2015): Requires Department of Education to provide dyslexia professional development opportunities. Pending
SB 412 (2014): Requests update to the definitions of dyslexia and dyscalculia. Passed
SB 111 (2013): Amends the Code of West Virginia by adding a new section defining “dyslexia,” establishing a dyslexia screening and intervention pilot project, and establishing a dyslexia teacher training pilot program. Failed
SB 662 (2012): Provides a pilot project for dyslexia screening and encourages institutions of higher education to include coursework on dyslexia. Pending
SB 662 (2012): Establishes pilot projects for dyslexia screening and intervention and teacher training. Each project will be implemented in three school districts selected by the State Superintendent of Education. Failed
WI AB 584 (2009-2010): Requires screening for deficits in phonemic awareness and rapid naming. Failed None None
WY SF 52 (2012): Requires each school district to design and implement a reading screening program that measures student reading progress and attempts to identify dyslexia and other reading difficulties as early as possible in kindergarten through grade three. The instruments being used to screen for dyslexia must be standardized and must encourage remediation of any reading difficulty as early as possible. Passed None None

Published in conjunction with “Dyslexia Laws in the USA: A 2018 Update” in Perspectives on Language and Literacy (Spring, 2018).