State Education Agency (SEA) Dyslexia LegislationHas Legislation?Yes
HB 1644 defines dyslexia using IDA’s definition, and describes requirements related to the screening and treatment for dyslexia. It also establishes a reading specialist in the state department of education.
According to HB 1644-FN, "All students, including English for speakers of other languages students, enrolling in New Hampshire's public schools shall be screened using the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) or an equivalent cost effective screener for the identification of characteristics that are associated with risk factors for dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia upon entering kindergarten or first grade, and at appropriate times thereafter, to monitor progress. The screening required by this section shall begin no later than January 1, 2018."
State Recognized Screeners
The New Hampshire resource guide describes AIMSweb Plus, PALS-K, PALS 1-3, DIBELS NEXT, and Star. See the resource guide for grade-level guidance.
The reading specialist and the council for teacher education established in RSA 190 shall collaborate to ensure that all teacher education programs offered at New Hampshire's public institutions of higher education provide explicit professional awareness of best practices on: (a) Recognition of characteristics of dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia and (b) Evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.
No later than September 1, 2017, the reading specialist shall develop and make available a program to ensure all New Hampshire teachers and school administrators have access to materials to support professional awareness of best practices on: (a) Recognition of the characteristics of dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia;and (b) Evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia, related disorders, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.
New Hampshire law states, "The student's school district shall provide age-appropriate, evidence-based, intervention strategies for any student who is identified as having characteristics that are associated with potential indicators or risk factors of dyslexia and related disorders beginning no later than January 1, 2018.”In the event that a diagnosis of dyslexia or other reading disability is confirmed by the comprehensive assessment, the board of education shall provide appropriate evidence-based intervention strategies to the student, including intense instruction on phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension."
The state dyslexia guide promotes MTSS and instruction that is explicit and multisensory.
Literacy State-identified Measurable Result (SIMR) - Part B
Has Literacy SIMR?Yes
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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