senate Bill S441

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes a dyslexia task force

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to education
Nov 16, 2021 amend by restoring to original print 441
Jun 04, 2021 amend (t) and recommit to education
Jan 06, 2021 referred to education
Jun 04, 2021 print number 441a

Co-Sponsors

S441 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2185
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§4407-a & 4407-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7093, A8786

S441 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a dyslexia task force to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders, provide guidelines regarding the appropriate interventions and classroom support for students deemed at risk, and to develop a program of study for teachers to better help students with dyslexia; requires such task force to issue a report to the governor and the legislature of its findings, conclusions, recommendations and activities.

S441 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S441 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    441
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by Sens. HOYLMAN, JACKSON, SKOUFIS -- read twice and ordered
   printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on  Educa-
   tion
 
 AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing a dysle-
   xia task force and implementing the findings of such task force

   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 two new sections
 4407-a and 4407-b to read as follows:
   § 4407-A. DYSLEXIA; TASK FORCE. 1. THE TASK FORCE ON DYSLEXIA IS HERE-
 BY CREATED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT TO DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR THE APPROPRI-
 ATE SCREENING OF STUDENTS FOR DYSLEXIA AND  RELATED  DISORDERS,  PROVIDE
 GUIDELINES REGARDING THE APPROPRIATE INTERVENTIONS AND CLASSROOM SUPPORT
 FOR  STUDENTS  DEEMED  AT  RISK,  AND  TO DEVELOP A PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR
 TEACHERS TO BETTER HELP STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA.
   2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING  TERMS  SHALL  HAVE
 THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
   (A) THE TERM "DYSLEXIA" SHALL MEAN AN UNEXPECTED DIFFICULTY IN READING
 FOR  AN  INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS THE INTELLIGENCE TO BE A MUCH BETTER READER,
 MOST COMMONLY CAUSED BY A DIFFICULTY IN THE PHONOLOGICAL PROCESSING, THE
 APPRECIATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL SOUNDS OF SPOKEN LANGUAGE, WHICH  AFFECTS
 THE ABILITY OF AN INDIVIDUAL TO SPEAK, READ, AND SPELL.
   (B)  THE  TERM  "SCREENING  PROGRAM"  SHALL  MEAN A DYSLEXIA SCREENING
 PROGRAM WHICH IS: (I)  EVIDENCE  BASED  WITH  PROVEN  PSYCHOMETRICS  FOR
 VALIDITY; (II) EFFICIENT AND LOW COST; AND (III) READILY AVAILABLE.
   (C)  THE  TERM  "RELATED DISORDERS" SHALL MEAN DISORDERS SIMILAR TO OR
 RELATED TO DYSLEXIA INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DEVELOPMENTAL AUDITO-
 RY IMPERCEPTION, DYSPHASIA, SPECIFIC  DEVELOPMENTAL  DYSLEXIA,  DEVELOP-
 MENTAL DYSGRAPHIA, AND DEVELOPMENTAL SPELLING DISABILITY.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

S441A - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2185
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§4407-a & 4407-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7093, A8786

S441A - Summary

Establishes a dyslexia task force to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders, provide guidelines regarding the appropriate interventions and classroom support for students deemed at risk, and to develop a program of study for teachers to better help students with dyslexia; requires such task force to issue a report to the governor and the legislature of its findings, conclusions, recommendations and activities.

S441A - Sponsor Memo

S441A - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  441--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  HOYLMAN, HINCHEY, JACKSON, MYRIE, SKOUFIS -- read
   twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  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 establishing a  dysle-
   xia task force
 
   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 4407-a
 to read as follows:
   § 4407-A. DYSLEXIA; TASK FORCE. 1. THE TASK FORCE ON DYSLEXIA IS HERE-
 BY CREATED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS  FOR  APPRO-
 PRIATE  SCREENING OF STUDENTS FOR DYSLEXIA AND RELATED DISORDERS, APPRO-
 PRIATE INTERVENTIONS AND CLASSROOM SUPPORT FOR  STUDENTS  WITH  DYSLEXIA
 AND  RELATED  DISORDERS, AND TO RECOMMEND RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS, STAFF
 AND ADMINISTRATORS TO BETTER HELP STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA.
   2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING  TERMS  SHALL  HAVE
 THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
   (A) THE TERM "DYSLEXIA" SHALL MEAN AN UNEXPECTED DIFFICULTY IN READING
 FOR  AN  INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS THE INTELLIGENCE TO BE A MUCH BETTER READER,
 MOST COMMONLY CAUSED BY A DIFFICULTY IN THE PHONOLOGICAL PROCESSING, THE
 APPRECIATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL SOUNDS OF SPOKEN LANGUAGE, WHICH  AFFECTS
 THE ABILITY OF AN INDIVIDUAL TO SPEAK, READ, AND SPELL.
   (B)  THE  TERM  "RELATED DISORDERS" SHALL MEAN DISORDERS SIMILAR TO OR
 RELATED TO DYSLEXIA INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DEVELOPMENTAL AUDITO-
 RY IMPERCEPTION, DYSPHASIA, SPECIFIC  DEVELOPMENTAL  DYSLEXIA,  DEVELOP-
 MENTAL DYSGRAPHIA, AND DEVELOPMENTAL SPELLING DISABILITY.
   3.  (A)  THE  TASK FORCE SHALL CONSIST OF THIRTEEN MEMBERS AS FOLLOWS:
 (I) THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE WHO SHALL SERVE
 AS CHAIR; (II) THE CHANCELLOR OF THE BOARD OF  REGENTS  OR  HIS  OR  HER
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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