Dyslexia Bill: SB1318


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Dyslexia Bill SB1318

SB1318 Update

From the Arizona Department of Education:

Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention Specialist Position at ADE

 

Arizona Department of Education

The Human Resources Office is eager to announce that ADE has a job opening for a Dyslexia and Literacy Intervention Specialist with the K-12 English Language Arts Standards team.  Is providing guidance on Literacy, Dyslexia, and Move on When Reading one of your passions?  This position will close on 09/22/2019, so hurry to the appropriate link below for further information on this exciting opportunity! Grow your career with ADE today!

Supervisor: Sean Ross

Location: Phoenix

Salary: $65,000 – $69,000

Position Number: SED000000911

Grade: 21

 


HOW TO VIEW THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLY (PLEASE USE THE JOB ID LOCATED IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THIS EMAIL):

  • CURRENT STATE OF AZ / ADE EMPLOYEES
  • Login to www.yes.az.gov
  • Click on Search for Jobs
  • You will be prompted to re-enter your USER ID and password.
  • Double click on the Employee icon
  • Click on the Opportunities icon
  • Select Department of Education from the Agency drop down list
  • Click Search
  • Double click on the desired position
  • Click Apply Now

 

  • EXTERNAL NON-STATE EMPLOYEES
  • Visit https://hr.az.gov/az-state-jobs/
  • Click on Search for Jobs
  • Select Department of Education from the Agency drop down list
  • Click on desired position
  • Click Apply Now

 

During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

 

Human Resources Office
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin 9

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 542-3186

Fax: (602) 542-3073

Email: HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov

Employment Opportunities: http://www.azed.gov/hr-payroll/

ADE Intranet: https://thehub.azed.gov/HR/Pages/Home.aspx

ADE Website: www.azed.gov vjs

 


Published on June 28, 2019


September 2019

SB1318 – SCHOOLS; DYSLEXIA SCREENING; TRAINING

The Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (AZ IDA) is pleased to announce that SB1318 passed the Arizona Legislature and was signed by the Governor earlier this year.  SB1318 is an exciting additional step undertaken by AZ IDA, Decoding Dyslexia AZ, the Arizona Literacy Coalition, dyslexic students and their parents to address the needs of dyslexic students in Arizona.  The above organizations will continue to advocate for structured literacy intervention, dyslexia best practices and funding for dyslexia programs at the Arizona Legislature, Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the Arizona State Board of Education (SBE) and at individual school districts.

SB1318 Includes the following provisions:

  • ADE to designate a dyslexia specialist to work with school districts and charter schools.  
  • ADE to annually develop a list of educational opportunities related to dyslexia (including one online).
    • Training must:
      • Comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia that is designated by the department of education.
      • Enable the teacher to understand and recognize dyslexia.
      • Enable the teacher to implement structured literacy instruction that is systematic, explicit, multisensory and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.
  • Requires each school district and charter school to have at least one kindergarten through third grade teacher in each school who has received qualified dyslexia training by July 1, 2021 (see above).  
  • Directs the SBE to adopt rules that require all teaching certificate applicants (all new teachers) to complete training in reading instruction that meets the requirements for qualified dyslexia training on July 1, 2021. 
  • Requires ADE to develop a dyslexia screening plan that:
    • Ensures that each kindergarten and first grade student is screened for indicators of dyslexia within 45 days after the beginning of each school year or when student enrollment occurs;
    • Provides guidance for notifications sent by school districts to the parents of students who are identified as having indicators of dyslexia based on a screening;
    • Is developed collaboratively with ADE’s dyslexia specialist and other experts on dyslexia, including representatives in this state of an international organization on dyslexia; and
    • Ensures that screenings for indicators of dyslexia include the following:
      • phonological and phonemic awareness;
      • rapid naming skills;
      • correspondence between sounds and letters;
      • nonsense word repetition; and
      • sound symbol recognition 
  • Allows dyslexia indicator screenings to be integrated with reading proficiency screenings.
  • Creates a dyslexia study committee that includes legislators, parents, ADE staff, dyslexia advocates, speech language pathologists, reading specialists and school representatives that will work to:
    • Make recommendations to the ADE regarding dyslexia screening, intervention and the delivery of supports for students with dyslexia
    •  Develop recommendations and resources that meet all the following:
      • identify valid and reliable screening and evaluation assessments and protocols that can be used by personnel to administer screenings to identify pupils with indicators of dyslexia;
      • recommend structured literacy instruction that is systematic, explicit, multisensory and evidence-based;
      • recommend intervention systems for schools to address dyslexia; and
      • develop and implement preservice and in-service professional activities to address dyslexia identification and intervention.
    • Review teacher certification and professional development requirements regarding dyslexia;
    • Examine barriers to accurate information on the prevalence of pupils with dyslexia across the state and recommend a process for accurately reporting demographic data;
    • Study current practices for diagnosing, treating and educating pupils with dyslexia; and
    • Examine how current laws and regulations affect pupils with dyslexia.
    • Report their findings to the Legislature and AZ Secretary of State by December 1, 2019

AZ IDA will continue to keep our members and interested stakeholders aware of the dyslexia study committee meetings as well as any ADE or SBE meetings pertaining to dyslexia and the implementation of the SB1318 requirements. Sign up to receive information about advocacy efforts and don’t forget to follow-us on Facebook!


May 2, 2019
We have some very exciting news! The dyslexia bill passed the nor. Please contact Governor Ducey and ask him to sign SB1318 into law.
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April 26, 2019

Everyone has homework this weekend!  SB1318 is scheduled for House Committee of the Whole (COW) on Monday, April 29, 2019.  The bill will be amended to add the House Education Committee amendments and some additional changes that were requested by the House Education Committee Chair.  After COW the bill will likely be third read (voted) in the full House on Monday as well.  After the House vote the bill will go back to the Senate for a final read (vote) then off to the Governor.  We are literally three steps away from making this bill a reality in AZ.  Please take the time to contact your Representative to ask them to support SB1318 and the Rep. Udall amendments.  One final push to get this bill over the finish line.

If you have any questions, please email us at arizona.ida@gmail.com.

Thank you!

https://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster/?body=H


April 10, 2019

Calling all supporters.  SB1318 is ready for the full House of Representatives debate (also known as Committee of the Whole or COW) and a vote.  Once again this is an opportunity for the Representatives to hear directly from those impacted by dyslexia.  We are in the final stages of getting this bill passed.  Senator Boyer is working on getting funding for the screening, training and a dept of education full time employee position included in the budget.  Once the bill passes the House it will have to go back to the Senate for a final vote then onto the Governor for his signature.  We are literally four steps away from this bill becoming law in Arizona.  We need you to email and call our State Representatives.

Contact both of your State Representatives  (note we will contract State Senators again once the bill passes the House of Representatives – only contact your State Representatives for now).  If you do not know your State Representatives or Legislative District CLICK HERE and enter your address in the yellow line to locate your state legislative district.  Once you have identified your legislative district or if you already know your legislative district CLICK HERE to find your State Representatives along with their contact information.

When talking or emailing a legislator:

  • Always be respectful and non-threatening (you get more with honey)
  • If you live in their legislative district let them know (include your address in the email).  An email from a resident that votes in their district has a bigger impact.
  • Tell your personal story – our students are struggling.  Let them know why their yes vote is important.
  • Let them know they can contact you for more information about dyslexia.
  • Thank them for their time and support.

Talking Points on SB1318

  • SB1318 is partnered after legislation passed in Oregon in 2015 and similar to legislation being considered in other states this year.
  • At least 42 States have dyslexia screening requirements including (Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming).  It is time for Arizona to do the same.
  • 1 in 5 people have dyslexia or a reading related disability (approximately 350,000 students in Arizona) according the National Institutes of Health
  • Screening for indicators of dyslexia is required not a medical diagnosis
  • Screenings can be completed in 5-20 minutes depending on the screening program
  • Screenings can cost between $1.00 and $8.25 per student depending on the screening program
  • Dyslexia screening can be completed when students have their vision, hearing or other literacy screening
  • Dyslexia can be identified by age 5 ½ with 92% accuracy (National Institutes of Health)
  • 95% of dyslexic students will read proficiently at grade level if they receive the right kind of instruction by 1st grade (National Institutes of Health)
  • If dyslexia intervention is delayed until 4th grade it takes four times as long to improve the same skills by the same amount (Susan Hall – Straight Talk About Reading)
  • 44% of third graders in Arizona are proficient or highly proficient, 56% are minimally or partially proficient in language arts (2018 AzMerit)…Dyslexia is the link that is being ignored

Thanks for making a difference in AZ!


March 19, 2019

Calling all supporters.

SB1318 is scheduled to be heard in the Arizona House of Representatives Education Committee on Monday, March 25th at 2:00 pm – 1700 West Washington Ave, House Building in Hearing Room 1.

Once again this is an opportunity for the Representatives to heard directly from those impacted by dyslexia.  We need a large turnout just like we had in the Senate.

Please arrive a little early as the House has security screening as you enter the building.

If you have your #SayDyslexia shirt please wear it.

If you are not able to attend or want to save time registering your support of SB1318 click here- https://apps.azleg.gov/Account/SignOn.

If you already have a request to speak account click sign-in, if you need to set-up a request to speak account click on create an account.

You can register support or request to speak for the bill once it appears on an official agenda which should occur in the next 24 hours – https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/CommitteeOverView?SessionID=121.

If you are not able to register before the hearing or need help we will be available before the hearing to assist.

Look forward to seeing everyone next Monday.


March 15, 2019

SB1318 – schools; dyslexia; screening; training will SOON be heard in the Arizona House of Representatives Education Committee! 

Tentatively set for March 25th at 2:00.
We need your help to ensure this legislation becomes the law in Arizona. Please contact your state Representative today. The members of the House Education Committee and all Representatives need to hear directly from dyslexic students, parents and teachers!

Please click the image for the SB1318 call to action for a details.

 


SB1318 will soon be considered by the full state Senate.

Please contact your State Senator (note we will contract State Representatives once the bill passes the Senate – only contact your Senator for now).  If you do not know your State Senator or Legislative District CLICK HERE and enter your address in the yellow line to locate your state legislative district.  Once you have identified your legislative district or if you already know your legislative district CLICK HERE to find your State Senator along with their contact information.

When talking or emailing a legislator:

  • Always be respectful and courteous
  • Let them know you live in their legislative district.  An email from a resident that votes in their district has a big impact.
  • Tell your personal story – our students are struggling.  Let them know why their yes vote is important.
  • Let them know they can contact you for more information.
  • Thank them for their time and support.

Talking Points on SB1318:

  • SB1318 is partnered after legislation passed in Oregon in 2015
  • At least 42 States have dyslexia screening requirements including (Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming).  It is time for Arizona to do the same.
  • 1 in 5 people have dyslexia or a reading related disability (approximately 325,000 students in Arizona) according the National Institutes of Health
  • SB1318 requires screening for risk factors for dyslexia, it does not require a medical diagnosis
  • Screenings can be completed in 5-20 minutes depending on the screening program
  • Screenings can cost between $1.00 and $8.25 per student depending on the screening program
  • Dyslexia screening can be completed when students have their vision and hearing screening
  • Dyslexia can be identified by age 5 ½ with 92% accuracy (National Institutes of Health)
  • 95% of dyslexic students will read proficiently at grade level if they receive the right kind of instruction by 1st grade (National Institutes of Health)
  • If dyslexia intervention is delayed until 4th grade it takes four times as long to improve the same skills by the same amount (Susan Hall – Straight Talk About Reading)
  • 44% of third graders in Arizona are proficient or highly proficient, 56% are minimally or partially proficient in language arts (2018 AzMerit)…Dyslexia is the link that is being ignored

February 13, 2019

Video of the amazing SB1318 testimony in Senate Education yesterday.  Thanks to the students, parents, teachers, therapists and dyslexia experts that testified.  Grab your Kleenex, as these stories are real, they are personal, they are sometimes difficult to hear, they were difficult to share.  We appreciate everyone taking the time out of their busy lives to testify before the Senate Education Committee.

http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=13&clip_id=22003

Click on SB1318


Senate Bill SB1318 – schools; dyslexia; screening; training will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Feb 12th  at 2:00PM.  We need your help to ensure this legislation becomes the law in Arizona. Our state Senators need to hear directly from dyslexic students, parents and teachers.

Please click the image for the SB1318 call to action for a details.   We are planning to gather at the Capitol at 1:00PM so everyone can register to speak and / or support SB1318.  We will have #SayDyslexia t-shirts for sale for $25. Please show your support for this important bill by wearing a t-shirt.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email us at arizona.ida@gmail.com.   Thank you to Senator Boyer for introducing this much important bill SB1318.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!


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