Utah

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?
No

SB0117

SB0117 creates a dyslexia pilot program in a multi-tiered intervention structure.

Utah’s dyslexia handbook recognizes IDA’s definition of dyslexia.


Screening

Required?No

Parents Must Be Notified of Results?
No
SEA Publishes List of Screeners?
No
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 and SD permitted, or can be used in combination

Utah does not have dyslexia screening legislation to our knowledge. However, the state handbook states that Utah has mandated two tools for reading assessment (i.e., The Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile) and the Early Literacy Program which use DIBELS. C-TOPP and DIBELS Content Area Indicator are recommended for older students and as diagnostic assessments. 

SB0117 created a dyslexia pilot program. Legislative changes may be forthcoming.


Pre-service

Required?No

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


In-service

Required?No

Utah does not have in-service legislation related to dyslexia.


Intervention

Required?No

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

To our knowledge, Utah does not specifically require dyslexia intervention. However, the state handbook promotes evidence-based, structured literacy interventions in an RTI/MTSS framework that include explicit instruction.


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

Has Literacy SIMR?No


Resources

Decoding Dyslexia Utah


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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08/11/2020 - 3:24pm