assembly Bill A5259A

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires school districts to conduct mandatory early screening for dyslexia for all children

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 05, 2019 print number 5259a
Mar 05, 2019 amend and recommit to education
Feb 08, 2019 referred to education

Co-Sponsors

A5259 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4341
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L

A5259 - Summary

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.

A5259 - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5259

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 8, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M. of A. SIMON, GALEF, SIMOTAS -- read once and referred
  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:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 319 to
read as follows:
  § 319. MANDATORY EARLY SCREENING FOR DYSLEXIA. 1. ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS
SHALL BE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT FULL AND INDIVIDUAL SCREENINGS  IN  ACCORD-
ANCE  WITH THIS SECTION FOR PURPOSES OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS, SUPPORT, INTER-
VENTION AND ACCOMMODATION OF CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA AND  OTHER  LEARNING
DISABILITIES.  FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "DYSLEXIA" MEANS A
SPECIFIC LEARNING DISORDER THAT IS NEUROLOGICAL IN ORIGIN  AND  THAT  IS
CHARACTERIZED  BY  UNEXPECTED  DIFFICULTIES WITH ACCURATE OR FLUENT WORD
RECOGNITION AND POOR SPELLING AND DECODING ABILITIES NOT CONSISTENT WITH
THE PERSON'S INTELLIGENCE, MOTIVATION, AND SENSORY  CAPABILITIES,  WHICH
DIFFICULTY  TYPICALLY  RESULTS FROM A DEFICIT IN THE PHONOLOGICAL COMPO-
NENT OF LANGUAGE.
  2. MANDATORY EARLY SCREENING FOR DYSLEXIA SHALL BE CONDUCTED  BY  EACH
SCHOOL  DISTRICT  USING A DIGITAL ASSESSMENT TOOL THAT INCLUDES TARGETED
QUESTIONS DESIGNED TO QUICKLY AND RELIABLY GATHER CERTAIN RELEVANT FUNC-
TIONAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL INFORMATION FROM ALL CHILDREN DESCRIBED IN THIS
SUBDIVISION.  MANDATORY  EARLY  SCREENING  SHALL  COMMENCE  DURING  PRE-
KINDERGARTEN  OR  KINDERGARTEN, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER, AND SHALL CONTINUE
THEREAFTER  ON  AN  ANNUAL  BASIS  UNTIL  SUCH  CHILD  HAS  SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED THE SECOND GRADE.
  3.  UPON  COMPLETION  OF  THE  ADMINISTRATION  OF EACH MANDATORY EARLY
SCREENING, A COPY OF EACH EARLY SCREENING REPORT AND ANY OTHER  FINDINGS
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.
                                                           LBD08780-01-9

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A5259A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4341
Current Committee:
Assembly Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L

A5259A (ACTIVE) - Summary

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.

A5259A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 5259--A

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 8, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of A. SIMON, GALEF, SIMOTAS, LiPETRI, THIELE -- read
  once  and  referred  to  the  Committee  on  Education  --   committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

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:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 319 to
read as follows:
  § 319. MANDATORY EARLY SCREENING FOR DYSLEXIA. 1. ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS
SHALL  BE  REQUIRED TO CONDUCT FULL AND INDIVIDUAL SCREENINGS IN ACCORD-
ANCE WITH THIS SECTION FOR PURPOSES OF  EARLY  IDENTIFICATION,  SUPPORT,
INTERVENTION  AND  ACCOMMODATION  OF  CHILDREN  WITH  DYSLEXIA AND OTHER
LEARNING DISABILITIES. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "DYSLEXIA"
MEANS A SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY THAT IS NEUROBIOLOGICAL  IN  ORIGIN
AND  THAT  IS  CHARACTERIZED BY UNEXPECTED DIFFICULTIES WITH ACCURATE OR
FLUENT WORD RECOGNITION AND POOR SPELLING AND DECODING ABILITIES,  WHICH
DIFFICULTY  TYPICALLY  RESULTS FROM A DEFICIT IN THE PHONOLOGICAL COMPO-
NENT OF LANGUAGE AND THAT IS INCONSISTENT  WITH  THE  PERSON'S  INTELLI-
GENCE,  MOTIVATION, AND SENSORY CAPABILITIES AND THE PROVISION OF EFFEC-
TIVE INSTRUCTION.
  2. MANDATORY EARLY SCREENING FOR DYSLEXIA SHALL BE CONDUCTED  BY  EACH
SCHOOL  DISTRICT  USING A DIGITAL ASSESSMENT TOOL THAT INCLUDES TARGETED
QUESTIONS DESIGNED TO QUICKLY AND RELIABLY GATHER CERTAIN RELEVANT FUNC-
TIONAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL INFORMATION FROM ALL CHILDREN DESCRIBED IN THIS
SUBDIVISION.  MANDATORY  EARLY  SCREENING  SHALL  COMMENCE  DURING  PRE-
KINDERGARTEN  OR  KINDERGARTEN, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER, AND SHALL CONTINUE
THEREAFTER  ON  AN  ANNUAL  BASIS  UNTIL  SUCH  CHILD  HAS  SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED THE SECOND GRADE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08780-04-9

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