Bill Summary for S 320 (2013-2014)

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Mar 13 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 320 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES FOR NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING.
Intro. by Daniel, Newton.

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Requires the State Board of Education to do at least the following to improve educational outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing: (1) develop assessment procedures and protocols to measure, at least annually or more frequently if required in a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), the acquisition of language skills necessary for literacy, with the results used to determine whether further support and services are needed; (2) require an IEP team to use the specified worksheet to document consideration of the language and communication needs of the child as the IEP is developed, the placement decisions made for the child, and the team's review of the child's placement and needs; (3) ensure that personnel highly qualified in the education of children who are deaf or hard of hearing are available to meet the needs of each child; and (4) develop and implement strategies to ensure that parents of a child who is deaf and hard of hearing know they can request that the child's IEP team consider placement in a residential setting, and that if requested, a representative from one of the state's residential/day program schools for the deaf will be a member of the IEP team.

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies and organizations, at the request of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), to make available databases containing information on children under age 22 who are deaf or hard of hearing. Requires that DPI use the information for a statewide data tracking system to coordinate with other agencies and organizations and ensure literacy achievement for all children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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