1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 02/23/2017 10:09am
A bill for an act relating to education; requiring a dyslexia and literacy specialist; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 120B.12, subdivisions 2, 3; 124D.98, by adding a subdivision; 125A.56, subdivision 1; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 120B.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.12, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
(a) Each school district shall identify before the end of kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 students who are not reading at grade level before the end of the current school year. Reading assessments in English, and in the predominant languages of district students where practicable, must identify and evaluate students' areas of academic need related to literacy. The district also must monitor the progress and provide reading instruction appropriate to the specific needs of English learners. The district must use a locally adopted, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive assessment and annually report summary assessment results to the commissioner by July 1. The district also must annually report a summary of the district's efforts to screen and identify students with
convergence insufficiency disorder to the commissioner by July 1.
(b) A student identified under this subdivision must be provided with alternate instruction under section 125A.56, subdivision 1.
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120B.12, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
For each student identified under subdivision 2, the district shall provide reading intervention to accelerate student growth and reach the goal of reading at or above grade level by the end of the current grade and school year. District intervention methods shall encourage family engagement and, where possible, collaboration with appropriate school and community programs. Intervention methods may include, but are not limited to, requiring attendance in summer school, intensified reading instruction that may require that the student be removed from the regular classroom for part of the school day, extended-day programs, or programs that strengthen students' cultural connections.
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 124D.98, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 125A.56, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
(a) Before a pupil is referred for a special education evaluation, the district must conduct and document at least two instructional strategies, alternatives, or interventions using a system of scientific, research-based instruction and intervention in academics or behavior, based on the pupil's needs, while the pupil is in the regular classroom. The pupil's teacher must document the results. A special education evaluation team may waive this requirement when it determines the pupil's need for the evaluation is urgent. This section may not be used to deny a pupil's right to a special education evaluation.
(b) A school district shall use alternative intervention services, including the assurance of mastery program under section 124D.66, or an early intervening services program under subdivision 2 to serve at-risk pupils who demonstrate a need for alternative instructional strategies or interventions.
(c) A student identified as being unable to read at grade level under section 120B.12, subdivision 2, paragraph (a), must be provided with alternate instruction under this subdivision.