UPDATE on HB2412!

House Bill 2412 (HB 2412) from the 2015 Legislative Session

The legislature passed HB 2412 with provisions related to dyslexia instruction for candidates preparing to be educators. HB 2412 directs the TSPC Commission to require educator preparation programs (for early childhood, elementary, special education, and reading) to “provide instruction on dyslexia and that the instruction be consistent with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia.” The law also requires the programs to “demonstrate compliance with the dyslexia instruction standards no later than December 31, 2016.” Chapter 245, (2015 Laws): Effective date January 1, 2016.

Below is the implementation schedule for HB 2412.

September 2015: The TPSC Commission formed a workgroup to help develop the dyslexia instruction standards required by HB 2412 (2015).

April 18, 2016: The workgroup completed its work on the proposed standards for dyslexia instruction.

May 3, 2016: TSPC distributed the proposed draft rules on dyslexia instruction for public comment. The public comment period is open through June 15, 2016. Click here to view the first version of the dyslexia rules.

May 21, 2016: TSPC received a request to hold a public hearing on proposed rules for dyslexia instruction. TSPC schedules the hearing for July 27, 2016.

June 20-22, 2016 Commission Meeting: The Commission received an update on the rule making process for dyslexia instruction, including information about the upcoming hearing.

July 27, 2016: TSPC held a public hearing on the proposed rules on dyslexia instruction at the TSPC office.  Click here to listen to the audio of this hearing.

August 18, 2016: After reviewing all public comment from the hearing and open comment period, the Commission voted to revise the proposed rules for dyslexia instruction. In addition, the Commission adopted temporary rules to allow for additional public input prior to adopting permanent rules. The temporary rules became effective on September 1, 2016. Click here to view the new revised rules on dyslexia instruction. It is much shorter than the first version above.

September 16, 2016: TSPC convened a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to review and provide input on the revised draft rules (temporary rules) for dyslexia instruction. The rules advisory committee is composed of interested parties that are affected by the rule adoption.

September to October 2016: The TSPC Executive Director reviewed input on the dyslexia instruction from the RAC committee and revised the dyslexia instruction based on the new information.

October 10, 2016: TSPC reconvened the Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to review new drafts of dyslexia instruction rules. The RAC committee reviewed and provided input on the most recent version of the draft rules. TSPC revised the draft based on the input received at the October 10, 2016 RAC meeting. This draft is the version that will be before the Commission at the November meeting.

November 3-4, 2016: The Commission voted to refer the revised temporary rule based on input from RAC committee to incorporate the most recent changes to the instruction requirements. The revised temporary rule is effective until February 27, 2017. The Commission will be asked to refer the revised rules for dyslexia instruction out for public comment.

November 15, 2016 to Jan. 10, 2017: The Commission opens public comment period on the final proposed rules for dyslexia instruction.

December 31, 2016: Oregon educator preparation programs submit their reports on compliance with dyslexia instruction standards to the Commission as required by statute.

January 26-27, 2017 Commission Meeting: The Commission will adopt permanent rules for dyslexia instruction.


Finally,  The TSPC Commission must determine if the proposed changes to early childhood, elementary, special education, and reading endorsement programs are adequate to meet the requirements of the dyslexia instruction standards no later than June 30, 2018.