2016 House Bill 1198 - Printed

State of South Dakota  
NINETY-FIRST SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2016  

947X0636   HOUSE BILL   NO.  1198  

Introduced by:    Representatives DiSanto, Bordeaux, Deutsch, Gosch, Hawks, Langer, May, McCleerey, Sly, and Wiik and Senators Olson, Greenfield (Brock), and Haggar (Jenna)
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to recognize dyslexia as a learning disability.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That chapter 13-37 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    The Board of Education recognizes that dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
    Section 2. That chapter 13-37 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    Each school district shall offer dyslexia screening for each student that exhibits potential indicators or risk factors of dyslexia. When a screening indicates characteristics of dyslexia, the school district shall provide age-appropriate, evidence-based intervention strategies to the

student.
    Section 3. That chapter 13-37 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:

    The Board of Education may promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, to develop program guidelines for dyslexia to be used to assist teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess students with dyslexia; to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve age-appropriate educational services to students with dyslexia; and to identify potential indicators and risk factors of dyslexia.
    Section 4. That chapter 13-37 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
    The Board of Education and each school district shall recognize dyslexia education programs as continuing education and shall permit teachers to apply earned hours towards any general continuing education requirement.

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