Dyslexia LegislationHas Legislation?Yes
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.
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."
New Jersey does not have pre-service legislation related to dyslexia.
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.
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.