Bill Text: NY S04341 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires school districts to conduct mandatory early screening for dyslexia for all children commencing in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten and continuing thereafter on an annual basis until each child successfully completes second grade; requires school districts to designate an individual to maintain complete and accurate records containing early screening reports for each child, and to provide resources and materials to the parent and/or guardian of any child who displays indications of dyslexia.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-5)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2020-01-08 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION [S04341 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04341-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                      March 7, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen.  BROOKS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the  education  law,  in  relation  to  mandatory  early
          screening for dyslexia
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 319 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 319. Mandatory early screening for dyslexia. 1. All school districts
     4  shall be required to conduct full and individual screenings  in  accord-
     5  ance  with  this  section for purposes of early identification, support,
     6  intervention and accommodation  of  children  with  dyslexia  and  other
     7  learning disabilities. For purposes of this section, the term "dyslexia"
     8  means  a  specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin
     9  and that is characterized by unexpected difficulties  with  accurate  or
    10  fluent  word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities, which
    11  difficulty typically results from a deficit in the  phonological  compo-
    12  nent  of  language  and  that is inconsistent with the person's intelli-
    13  gence, motivation, and sensory capabilities and the provision of  effec-
    14  tive instruction.
    15    2.  Mandatory  early screening for dyslexia shall be conducted by each
    16  school district using a digital assessment tool that  includes  targeted
    17  questions designed to quickly and reliably gather certain relevant func-
    18  tional and developmental information from all children described in this
    19  subdivision.  Mandatory  early  screening  shall  commence  during  pre-
    20  kindergarten or kindergarten, whichever is earlier, and  shall  continue
    21  thereafter  on  an  annual  basis  until  such  child  has  successfully
    22  completed the second grade.
    23    3. Upon completion of  the  administration  of  each  mandatory  early
    24  screening,  a copy of each early screening report and any other findings
    25  shall be given to the parent and/or guardian and teachers  and  teaching
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  assistants  of  each child, and the individual designated in subdivision
     2  four of this section.
     3    4.  Each  school  district  shall  designate an individual to maintain
     4  complete and accurate records, including copies of each early  screening
     5  report,  for  all  children for the duration of each child's educational
     6  pursuit or until such child reaches the age  of  sixteen,  whichever  is
     7  later.  The  designated individual shall provide resources and materials
     8  to the parent and/or guardian of any child  who  displays  low  phonemic
     9  awareness and other indications of dyslexia.
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.