Tennessee

Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?Yes

HB2635, HB1735/SB2002, and PC1058

Public Chapter 1058 tasks the state department of education with developing procedures and regulations related to the screening and intervention of dyslexia. Related requirements (including professional development requirements) are also discussed.

Screening

Required?Yes

According to PC1058, "The dyslexia screening procedures shall include phonological and phonemic awareness, sound symbol recognition, alphabet knowledge, decoding  skills, rapid naming, and encoding skills. (3) The dyslexia screening procedures shall be implemented by every LEA. (4) Dyslexia screening may be requested for any student by the student's parent or guardian, teacher, counselor, or school psychologist."

State Recognized Screeners

AIMSweb
CTOPP-2y
Developmental Spelling Analysis
DIBELS 6th Edition
DIBELS Next
easyCBM
PALS-K
PASS
RAN/RAS
TOWRE-2
WIST

Pre-service

Required?No

Tennessee does not have pre-service legislation related to dyslexia.

In-service

Required?No

Tennessee does not have in-service legislation related to dyslexia.

Intervention

Required?Yes

State law states that "(c) If the dyslexia screening conducted by the LEA indicates that a student  has characteristics of dyslexia, the LEA shall: (1) Notify the student's parent  or legal guardian; (2) Provide the student's parent or legal guardian with  information and resource material regarding dyslexia; (3) Provide the student  with appropriate tiered dyslexia-specific intervention through its RTl framework; and (4) Monitor the student's progress using a tool designed to measure the effectiveness of the intervention." The state defines "Dyslexia-specific intervention" as evidence-based, specialized reading, writing, and spelling instruction that is multisensory in nature, equipping students to simultaneously use multiple senses, such as vision, hearing,  touch, and movement. Dyslexia-specific intervention employs direct instruction of systematic and cumulative content, with the sequence beginning with the  easiest and most basic elements and progress methodically to more difficult  material. Each step must also be based on those already learned. Components of dyslexia-specific intervention include instruction targeting  phonological awareness, sound symbol association, syllable  structure,  morphology, syntax, and semantics.

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

Has Literacy SIMR?Yes

Resources

Tennessee Dyslexia Resource Guide

Tennessee Department of Education Dyslexia Resources

Decoding Dyslexia Tennessee

International Dyslexia Association Tennessee

Last modified: 
11/02/2017 - 2:19pm