New Jersey

Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?Yes

New Jersey Chapter 105, New Jersey Chapter 131, and New Jersey Chapter 210

New Jersey Law Chapter 210 supplements Chapter 40 of Title 18A by tasking the Commissioner of Education with providing technical assistance to each board of education regarding the screening and treatment of dyslexia. It also tasks each board of education with screening all students for dyslexia by the end of the first semester of second grade. Related requirements are discussed.

Screening

Required?Yes

According to New Jersey statute, "A board of education shall ensure that each student enrolled in the school district who has exhibited one or more potential indicators of dyslexia or other reading disabilities is screened for dyslexia and other reading  disabilities using a screening instrument selected pursuant to section 2 of this act no later than the student’s completion of the first semester of the second grade."

Pre-service

Required?No

New Jersey does not have pre-service legislation related to dyslexia.

In-service

Required?Yes

PL2013, c. 105 requires a minimum of two hours of professional development each year for general education; kindergarten- grade 3; special education; learning disabilities teacher consultants; and speech-language specialists. The professional development must be on screening, intervention, accomodation, and use of technology for students with disabilities, including dyslexia.

Intervention

Required?Yes

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.

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

Has Literacy SIMR?No

Resources

New Jersey Dyslexia Handbook

Decoding Dyslexia New Jersey

International Dyslexia Association New Jersey

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11/02/2017 - 2:15pm