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State Education Agency (SEA) Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?No

Parent Opt-Out/Consent Procedures by Law?
SEA Recognizes IDA Definition?
SEA Recognizes State Definition?
SEA Has Dyslexia Specialist?

Hawaii Senate Bill 2217 authorized the Hawaiian Department of Education to provide technical assistance related to dyslexia, but these provisions were subsequently repealed.

SRC120, passed in 2013, defines dyslexia, and calls for a comprehensive plan that investigates the implementation of the following items: promoting awareness of dyslexia, making available professional development, and requiring a minimum of one reading specialist per school. The law further calls for an evaluation that addresses the percent of students with dyslexia, screening and assessment practices, the amount of time dedicated to core reading instruction, and the number of schools with reading specialists.



Parents Must Be Notified of Results?
SEA Publishes List of Screeners?
Annual Reporting to the SEA?
Response to Intervention for Student Learning Disability Eligibility in 2010?
Permitted by law
Severe Discrepancy for Student Learning Disability Eligibility in 2010?
Permitted by law
Student Learning Disability Eligibility (Zirkel & Thomas 2010 Classification)?
RTI and SD permitted

Hawaii does not require screening.

Previous legislation established a committee to investigate support for students with dyslexia in Hawaii. See the report on findings. However, the law does not require screening, and the Hawaiian Department of Education does not address dyslexia screening on its webpage.



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



Hawaii does not require in-service training related to dyslexia.



Hawaii does not require dyslexia intervention.

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

Has Literacy SIMR?Yes


Decoding Dyslexia Hawaii

International Dyslexia Association Hawaii


Zirkel, P. A., & Thomas, L. B. (2010). State laws for RTI: An updated snapshot. Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(3), 56-63.

Gearin, B., Turtura, J., Kame’enui, E. J., Nelson, N. J., & Fien, H. (2018). A Multiple Streams Analysis of Recent Changes to State-Level Dyslexia Education Law. Educational Policy, 0895904818807328.

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10/04/2022 - 1:43pm