[Second Reprint]

SENATE, No. 2442

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JANUARY 8, 2013

 


Sponsored by:

Senator† JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Senator† M. TERESA RUIZ

District 29 (Essex)

Senator† DIANE B. ALLEN

District 7 (Burlington)

Assemblyman† NELSON T. ALBANO

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman† RONALD S. DANCER

District 12 (Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean)

Assemblyman MATTHEW W. MILAM

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman† PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.

District 18 (Middlesex)

Assemblywoman† MILA M. JASEY

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Assemblyman† BOB ANDRZEJCZAK

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Turner, Madden, Assemblywoman Lampitt, Assemblymen Coughlin, Giblin, Assemblywoman Tucker, Assemblyman Conaway and Assemblywoman Mosquera

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Requires certain public school students to be screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As reported by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on November 18, 2013, with amendments.

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An Act concerning reading disabilities among public school students and supplementing chapter 40 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 21.†† As used in this act:

†††† ďPotential indicators of dyslexia or other reading disabilitiesĒ means indicators that include, but shall not be limited to, difficulty in acquiring language skills; inability to comprehend oral or written language; difficulty in rhyming words; difficulty in naming letters, recognizing letters, matching letters to sounds, and blending sounds when speaking and reading words; difficulty recognizing and remembering sight words; consistent transposition of number sequences, letter reversals, inversions, and substitutions; and trouble in replication of content.2

 

†††† 2[1] 2.2† a. The Commissioner of Education shall distribute to each board of education information on screening instruments available to identify students who 2[exhibit] possess one or more2 potential indicators of dyslexia 2[and] or2 other reading disabilities pursuant to section 2[2] 32 of this act.† The commissioner shall provide information on the screening instruments appropriate for kindergarten 2[1and first] through second2 grade1 students and on screening instruments that may be suitably used for older students.† A board of education shall select and implement age-appropriate screening instruments for the early diagnosis of dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

†††† b.††† The commissioner shall develop and distribute to each board of education guidance on appropriate intervention strategies for students diagnosed with dyslexia or other reading disabilities.†

 

†††† 2[2] 3.2 a. A board of education shall ensure that each 1[kindergarten]1 student enrolled in the school district 2who has exhibited one or more potential indicators of dyslexia or other reading disabilities2 is screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities using a screening instrument selected pursuant to section 2[1] 22 of this act 1no later than the studentís completion of the first 2semester of the second2 grade1.

†††† b.††† In the event that a student who would have been enrolled in kindergarten 1or 2[the first]2 grade1 2one or two2 during or after the
2[2013-2014] 2014-20152 school year enrolls in the district in 2kindergarten or2 grades 2[1[one] two1] one2 through six 2[on] during2 or after the 2[effective date of this act] 2015-2016 school year2 and has no record of being previously screened for dyslexia or other reading disabilities pursuant to this act, the board of education shall ensure that the newly-enrolled student is screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities using a screening instrument selected pursuant to section 2[1] 22 of this act 2at the same time other students enrolled in the studentís grade are screened for dyslexia and other reading disabilities or, if other students enrolled in the studentís grade have previously been screened, within 90 calendar days of the date the student is enrolled in the district2.†

†††† c.††† The screening shall be administered by a teacher or other teaching staff member properly trained in the screening process for dyslexia and other reading disabilities. †

 

†††† 2[3] 4.2 In the event that a student is determined through the screening conducted pursuant to section 2[2] 32 of this act to 2[exhibit] possess one or more2 potential indicators of dyslexia or other reading 2[disability] disabilities2, the board of education shall ensure that the student receives a comprehensive assessment for the learning disorder.† In the event that a diagnosis 2of dyslexia or other reading disability2 is confirmed 2by the comprehensive assessment2, the board of education shall provide appropriate 2evidence-based2 intervention strategies to the student, including intense instruction on phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.†

 

†††† 2[4] 5.2††††† This act shall take effect immediately and shall first apply to the 2[2013-2014] 2014-20152 school year 2; provided, however, that the Commissioner of Education shall take any anticipatory actions that the commissioner determines to be necessary and appropriate to effectuate the purposes of this act prior to the 2014-2015 school year2.