Virginia

Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?Yes

Virginia HB842 and HB2395

HB 842 "Requires Board of Education regulations governing teacher licensure to require every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license to complete awareness training, provided by the Department of Education, on the indicators of dyslexia and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia. The bill requires the Department of Education to collaborate with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to ensure that all teacher preparation programs offered at public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth or otherwise available convey information on the identification of students at risk for learning disabilities, including dyslexia, other language-based learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorder. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2017." Meanwhile, HB2395 requires “one reading specialist employed by each local school board that employs a reading specialist to have training in the identification of and the appropriate interventions, accommodations, and teaching techniques for students with dyslexia or a related disorder and to have an understanding of the definition of dyslexia and a working knowledge of several topics relating to dyslexia.”

Screening

Required?Yes

A Virginia Department of Education document on dyslexia states, "In 1997, Virginia required early screening for reading difficulties and the Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) was established.  The purpose of  this screening is to identify students at risk for reading difficulty and to reduce the number of  children with reading problems through early screening and identification, and to accelerate their acquisition of  early reading skills by the end of  each grade level, kindergarten through third-grade through the provision of  research based reading instruction.  The Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening-Kindergarten (PALS-K) was developed as part of  this effort and is considered to be a reliable criterion-referenced screening, diagnostic and prescriptive tool to inform instruction. Screening instruments must address all components of  reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

State Recognized Screeners

CTOPP-2
D-KEFS
GORT-5
PALS
RAN/RAS
TOWRE-2
WIAT-3
WRMT-IV
WRAT-4

Pre-service

Required?Yes

Virginia HB842 states, "Every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete awareness training, provided by the Department of Education, on the indicators of dyslexia, as that term is defined by the Board pursuant to regulations, and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia."

In-service

Required?Yes

Every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete awareness training, provided by the Department of Education, on the indicators of dyslexia, as that term is defined by the Board pursuant to regulations, and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia.

Intervention

Required?Yes

A Virginia Department of Education document on dyslexia states, "The Regulations Governing the Standards of  Quality requires local school divisions to provide reading intervention services to students in kindergarten through grade three who demonstrate deficiencies based on their individual performance on a reading diagnostic/prescriptive assessment as indicated in Code of Virginia §22.1-253.13:1 and 22.1-253.13:2

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

Has Literacy SIMR?No

Resources

Virginia Dyslexia Guide

Virginia Department of Education Dyslexia Resources

Decoding Dyslexia Virginia

International Dyslexia Association Virginia

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11/02/2017 - 2:22pm