State Education Agency (SEA) Dyslexia LegislationYes
Public Chapter 1058 tasks the state department of education with developing procedures and regulations related to the screening and intervention of dyslexia. Related requirements (including professional development requirements) are also discussed.
According to PC1058, "The dyslexia screening procedures shall include phonological and phonemic awareness, sound symbol recognition, alphabet knowledge, decoding skills, rapid naming, and encoding skills. (3) The dyslexia screening procedures shall be implemented by every LEA. (4) Dyslexia screening may be requested for any student by the student's parent or guardian, teacher, counselor, or school psychologist."
State Recognized Screeners
AIMSweb, DIBELS 6th Edition, DIBELS Next, easyCBM, PALS-K, TOWRE-2, Developmental Spelling Analysis, PASS, WIST, CTOPP-2, RAN/RAS, PAT-2, QRI-5, Words their Way, Development Spelling Assessment. See the state resource guide for grade-level requirements and test-content correspondences.
Tennessee does not have pre-service legislation related to dyslexia.
Tennessee does not have in-service legislation related to dyslexia.
State law states that "(c) If the dyslexia screening conducted by the LEA indicates that a student has characteristics of dyslexia, the LEA shall: (1) Notify the student's parent or legal guardian; (2) Provide the student's parent or legal guardian with information and resource material regarding dyslexia; (3) Provide the student with appropriate tiered dyslexia-specific intervention through its RTl framework; and (4) Monitor the student's progress using a tool designed to measure the effectiveness of the intervention." The state defines "Dyslexia-specific intervention" as evidence-based, specialized reading, writing, and spelling instruction that is multisensory in nature, equipping students to simultaneously use multiple senses, such as vision, hearing, touch, and movement. Dyslexia-specific intervention employs direct instruction of systematic and cumulative content, with the sequence beginning with the easiest and most basic elements and progress methodically to more difficult material. Each step must also be based on those already learned. Components of dyslexia-specific intervention include instruction targeting phonological awareness, sound symbol association, syllable structure, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
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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