New Legislation – SB1003!

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The legislature has put forth a new dyslexia bill to address the need to screen for the risk factors of dyslexia. In 2015, SB 612 required Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to develop a plan for universal screening of the risk factors of dyslexia and present that plan to the legislature. This new legislation was developed as the next steps and follow-up to that plan.

Requirements of this new legislation (SB 1003):

  • SB 1003 will require school districts to screen for the risk factors for reading difficulties, including dyslexia beginning in the 2018-19 school year for students first enrolled in kindergarten or first grade.
  • The tests administered to students in kindergarten must take into account the following factors: (A) Phonological awareness; (B) Rapid naming skills; (C) The correspondence between sounds and letters; and (D) Family history of difficulty in learning to read, if the student shows risk factors for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.
  • ODE shall provide guidance to school districts for notifications to be sent to parents of students who are identified as at risk through the screening process.
  • ODE shall develop guidance regarding best practices for assisting students who are identified at being at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia. The department shall make the guidance available to school districts.
  • In addition, this bill extends the timeline that requires each K-5 school to have at least one teacher to receive training related to dyslexia. Previously, SB 612 required this training to be competed by Jan 2018. SB 1003 states that this training shall occur before the 2018-19 school year.

To track the progress of SB 1003 – click here!

Summary of progress:

  • March 30, 2017 at 3 pm in Hearing Room C – Senate Committee on Education Hearing .  To hear the testimony click here and click on the small arrow next to “Meeting Details 3/30/2017 3:00 PM, HR C”.
  • April 4, 2017 at 3 pm in Hearing Room C – Passed with a 5-0 vote.
  • April 11, 2017, Vote on the Senate floor – Passed unanimously with a 30-0.
  • April  18, 2017 – Referred to Housed Education Committee
  • May 3, 2017 – Public Hearing with the House Education Committee (3 pm, HR F)
  • May 10, 2017 – Vote on the House floor – passed unanimously.