New Hampshire

Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?Yes

HB 1644-FN

HB 1644 defines dyslexia, and describes requirements related to the screening and treatment for dyslexia. It also establishes a reading specialist in the state department of education.

Screening

Required?Yes

According to HB 1644-FN, "All students, including English for speakers of other languages students, enrolling in New Hampshire's public schools shall be screened using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) or an equivalent cost effective screener for the identification of characteristics that are associated with risk factors for dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia upon entering kindergarten or first grade, and at appropriate times thereafter, to monitor progress.  The screening required by this section shall begin no later than January 1, 2018."

State Recognized Screeners

DIBELS or an equivalent screener. The New Hampshire resource guide describes AIMSweb, PALS-K, and Star 360.

Pre-service

Required?Yes

The reading specialist and the council for teacher education established in RSA 190 shall collaborate to ensure that all teacher education programs offered at New Hampshire's public institutions of higher education provide explicit professional awareness of best practices on: (a)  Recognition of characteristics of dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia and (b)  Evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

In-service

Required?Yes

No later than September 1, 2017, the reading specialist shall develop and make available a program to ensure all New Hampshire teachers and school administrators have access to materials to support professional awareness of best practices on: (a)  Recognition of the characteristics of dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia;and (b)  Evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

Intervention

Required?Yes

New Hampshire law states, "In the event  that a diagnosis of dyslexia or other reading disability is confirmed by the comprehensive assessment, the board of education shall provide  appropriate evidence-based intervention strategies to the student, including  intense instruction on phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension."

Possible Interventions

Orton Gillingham
Wilson Reading System
LETRS
Project Read

Literacy State-identified Measurable Result (SIMR) - Part B

Has Literacy SIMR?No

Resources

New Hampshire Dyslexia Resource Guide

New Hampshire Department of Education Dyslexia Resources

Decoding Dyslexia New Hampshire

International Dyslexia Association New Hampshire

Last modified: 
10/05/2017 - 3:22pm