Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?Yes

Louisiana Title 28 Education Part XXXV

Unlike most states, Louisiana has had state law on dyslexia since at least the 1990s. Current policies are the culmination of a piecemeal process too lengthy to describe in detail here. Most provisions are described under Title 28 of Louisiana's Laws.



Every public-school student in grades kindergarten through third should be screened at least once for the existence of impediments to a successful school experience, unless objected to by his or her parents. Such impairments include: dyslexia and related disorders; attention deficit disorder; social and environmental factors that may put a child at risk. At any time outside of grade level screenings, students may also be screened if referred to the SBLC and the committee deems such screening to be appropriate.

State Recognized Screeners

DIBELS 6th Edition
STEEP Advanced Literacy
Fontas and Pinnell Initial Sounds
Oral Reading Rate, and Reading Comprehension
See also Louisiana Title 28 which lists additional screeners.



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



Screening specialists require 18 clock hours of training in the following areas: characteristics of ADHD; characteristics of dyslexia; characteristics of social and emotional Risk Factors; use of appropriate screening instruments; administration and interpretation of LEA-selected screening instruments; operation and administration of building-level committee; selection of classroom strategies, accommodations, and modifications; and child advocacy. See Title 28, which describes the guidelines and regulations concerning the implementation of Louisiana's dyslexia law for details: Title 28 Education



The law states, "In accordance with the program adopted by the board, the city and parish school boards shall provide remediation for children with dyslexia or related disorders in an appropriate multi-sensory, intensive phonetic, synthetic to analytic phonics, linguistic, meaning based, systematic, language-based regular education program. For those students who are not dyslexic and who do not qualify for special education services, other appropriate programs shall be offered to remediate their particular physical or educational disorders."

Possible Interventions

Alphabetic Phonics
Intermediate Essential Language Structures Program
Language Circle
Wilson Language Training

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

Has Literacy SIMR?Yes


A Guide to Dyslexia in Louisiana

Decoding Dyslexia Louisiana

International Dyslexia Association Louisiana


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., Kameā€™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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