State Education Agency (SEA) Dyslexia LegislationHas Legislation?Yes
Senate Bill 638 requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders and to develop the necessary classroom support for such students. It also defines dyslexia and creates in-service requirements.
Missouri Department of Education’s website recognizes IDA’s definition of dyslexia.
- 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 (professional judgment alternative for SD)
By December 31, 2017, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shall develop guidelines for the appropriate screening of students for dyslexia and related disorders and the necessary classroom support for students with dyslexia and related disorders. Such guidelines shall be consistent with the findings and recommendations of the task force created under section 633.420.6. In the 2018-19 school year and subsequent years, each public school, including each charter school, shall conduct dyslexia screenings for students in the appropriate year consistent with the guidelines developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Missouri does not have pre-service legislation related to dyslexia.
The Dyslexia Taskforce created by HB 2378 is to develop in-service and preservice activities to address dyslexia identification and intervention.
In the 2018-19 school year and subsequent years, the practicing teacher assistance programs established under section 168.400 shall offer two hours of in-service training, provided by each local school district for all practicing teachers in such districts, regarding dyslexia and related disorders. Each charter school shall also offer all of its teachers two hours of training on dyslexia and related disorders. Districts and charter schools may seek assistance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in developing and providing such training. Completion of such training shall count as two contact hours of professional development under section168.021n for teachers.
Missouri does not require dyslexia intervention.
HB 2379 creates a Dyslexia Taskforce that shall create regulations regarding screening and intervention. Moreover, it shall "recommend an evidence-based reading instruction, with consideration of the National Reading Panel Report and Orton-Gillingham methodology principles for use in all Missouri schools, and intervention system, including a list of effective dyslexia intervention programs, to address dyslexia or characteristics of dyslexia for use by schools in multi-tiered systems of support and for services as appropriate for special education eligible students."
Literacy State-identified Measurable Result (SIMR) - Part B
Has Literacy SIMR?Yes
Missouri Dyslexia Task Force Final Report
Missouri Department of Education Dyslexia Resources
International Dyslexia Association Kansas Missouri
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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Has Dyslexia Legislation?Yes
Has Literacy SIMR?Yes
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