New Hampshire

State Education Agency (SEA) Dyslexia Legislation

Has Legislation?Yes

Parent Opt-Out/Consent Procedures by Law?
No
SEA Recognizes IDA Definition?
Yes
SEA Recognizes State Definition?
Yes
SEA Has Dyslexia Specialist?
Yes

HB 1644-FN

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.


Screening

Required?Yes

Parents Must Be Notified of Results?
No
SEA Publishes List of Screeners?
Yes
Annual Reporting to the SEA?
No
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, SD, and Other permitted

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.


Pre-service

Required?Yes

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.


In-service

Required?Yes

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.


Intervention

Required?Yes

Multisensory?
Promoted
Evidence-Based?
Required
Explicit/Direct?
Promoted
MTSS/RTI?
Promoted

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


Resources

New Hampshire Dyslexia Resource Guide

Decoding Dyslexia New Hampshire

International Dyslexia Association New Hampshire


Citations

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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