senate Bill S4341

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Jan 08, 2020 referred to education
Mar 07, 2019 referred to education

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S4341 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5259
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §319, Ed L

S4341 (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.

S4341 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4341 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  4341

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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:

  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.
  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.

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