New law addresses dyslexia screening, intervention and remediation

New law addresses dyslexia screening, intervention and remediation

2/8/2021

On Jan. 9, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill 436 of the 133rd General Assembly for dyslexia screening, intervention and remediation. The following is a summary of the new law:

  • Requires the Ohio Department of Education to establish the Ohio Dyslexia Committee consisting of 11 members;
  • Requires the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to develop a dyslexia guidebook for screening, intervention and remediation for children with dyslexia or displaying dyslexic characteristics and tendencies;
  • Requires the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to prescribe the number of clock hours of dyslexia-related professional development required for teachers;
  • Permits the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to make recommendations regarding ratios of students to teachers who have received certification in identifying and addressing dyslexia, the school personnel who should receive the certification and whether professional development requirements should include completing a practicum;
  • Requires the Department, in collaboration with the Ohio Dyslexia Committee, to identify screening and intervention measures that evaluate the literacy skills of students using a multi-sensory structured literacy program;
  • Requires school districts and other public schools to administer annual dyslexia screenings beginning in the 2022-2023 school year;
  • Phases in over three years dyslexia-related professional development requirements for public school teachers;
  • Requires school districts and other public schools, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, to establish a multi-sensory structured literacy certification process for teachers.
More information about House Bill 436 will be available in the coming weeks. Please send questions to Dyslexia@education.ohio.gov.