AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP TOOLS TO ENSURE IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA AND DYSCALCULIA. Enacted July 20, 2017. Effective July 20, 2017.
Bill Summaries: H149 (2017-2018 Session)
Summary date: Jul 25 2017 - View summary
Summary date: Apr 11 2017 - View summary
House committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 1st edition, and now provides the following.
States that it is the intent of the General Assembly that all students with specific learning disabilities, including dyslexia and dyscalculia, receive the necessary and appropriate screenings, assessments, and special education services to provide interventions for learning difficulties with language, reading, writing, and mathematics.
Directs the State Board of Education, in order to provide a definition to enable the identification of and intervention for students with dyslexia and students with dyscalculia, as part of its policies for specific learning disabilities, define dyslexia. Describes what the definition of dyslexia the State Board is to encompass. Requires the State Board of Education to include the definition of dyslexia, as described, in the policies for specific learning disabilities no later than June 30, 2017.
Requires the State Board of Education, prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year, to ensure that ongoing professional development opportunities are made available to teachers and other school personnel on the identification of and intervention strategies for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities. Directs the State Board of Education, prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year, to develop and make available information electronically to parents, educators, and other concerned groups that provides further data concerning characteristics of children with dyslexia, educational methodologies, screenings, and what is available to support the work with children with dyslexia in North Carolina.
Directs local boards of education, prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year, to review the diagnostic tools and screening instruments used for dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities to ensure they are age-appropriate and effective, and determine if additional diagnostic and screening tools are needed.
Summary date: Feb 21 2017 - View summary
Adds new GS Article 9D, Students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, to GS Chapter 115C.
Requires the State Board of Education (State Board) and local boards of education (local boards) to implement a screening process, assessment, and intervention strategies for students with learning disabilities.
Requires the State Board to provide local boards with materials and screening instruments to identify students exhibiting potential indicators of dyslexia and dyscalculia. Requires each local board to (1) annually give parents informational materials related to dyslexia and dyscalculia and (2) ensure implementation of age‑appropriate screening instruments for the early identification of students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Requires screening of every kindergarten for dyslexia and dyscalculia and requires screening of any student enrolled in first through sixth grade who has not already been screened. Requires administering an assessment to students exhibiting potential indicators of dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities. Requires that a student identified as having dyslexia, dyscalculia, or other specific learning disabilities be given appropriate intervention strategies through the student's individualized education program.
Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-12.
Applies beginning with the 2017-18 school year.