Connecticut

Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?Yes

SB1054, HB7254, Public Act 14-39, Public Act 15-97, Public Act 16-92, and Public Act 17-3

Public Act 14-39 defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability and adds dyslexia detection, recognition and evidenced-based interventions to programming for teacher preparation leading to Certification. PA 15-97 requires the Commissioner of Education to designate an employee to provide information to parents and regional boards of education regarding dyslexia and equates the definition of dyslexia with that in the Department of Education's IEP Manual. The act also sets forth in-service and pre-service training requirements, and charges the Department of Education to develop or approve a reading assessment which includes "identifying, in whole or in part, students at risk for dyslexia . . . or other reading-related learning disabilities." PA 16-92 and PA 17-3 set forth training requirements for individuals seeking credentials in remedial reading, remedial language arts, reading consultants, and special education such that applicants must have completed a program of study in the diagnosis and remediation of reading and language arts that includes supervised practicum hours and instruction in the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia.

Screening

Required?No

Universal screening does not seem to be required by law. However, it appears to be Connecticut policy. Current universal screening practices are described at: Substitute House Bill No. 5562 and SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide.

State Recognized Screeners

AIMSweb
DIBELS 6th Edition
iready
NWEA's MAP
STAR

Pre-service

Required?Yes

According to Public Act 14-39, "On and after July  1, 2006, any program of teacher preparation leading to professional certification shall include, as part of the curriculum, instruction in literacy skills  and  processes that reflects current research and best practices in the field of literacy training. Such instruction shall (1) be incorporated into requirements of student major and  concentration, and (2) on and after  July 1, 2015, include the  detection and recognition of, and evidence-based interventions  for, dyslexia."

In-service

Required?Yes

To our knowledge, no law specifically requires professional development related to dyslexia. However, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) identifies learning opportunities related to dyslexia. Moreover, endorsements in special education and areas related to remedial reading now require supervised practicum hours and instruction in the detection and recognition of, and evidence-based structured literacy interventions for, students with dyslexia. Thus, there is de facto requirement that applicants will have undergone dyslexia training.

Intervention

Required?No

Public Act 14-39 does not specifically state that students must receive an intervention based on the results of universal screening. However, CSDE recommends a structured literacy intervention if students are deemed to be at-risk after universal screening.

Possible Interventions

Orton-Gillingham
Multi-Sensory
Explicit Phonics
Wilson Language Training Program
Lindamood Bell Instruction

Resources

Connecticut SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide

Connecticut Department of Education Dyslexia Resources

Decoding Dyslexia Connecticut

Last modified: 
10/12/2017 - 10:56am