OH HB 436: Next Steps and Goals

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NOBIDA’s 32nd Annual Symposium presentation content illuminated the need for and details surrounding the new HB436 legislation. Visit Ohio HB 436’s legislation page to learn all about the bill. 

Originally Ohio’s content provides educators, parents, and advocates an overview of the bill’s evolution and future path. An important piece of the legislation’s next step is the Ohio Dyslexia Committee formation and goals.

The Ohio Dyslexia Committee will be made up of 7 members appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction and one member appointed by the chancellor of higher education. The state sought nominations to fill the committee, due in late March 2021. Committee members will be required to meet every month for 8 months and will be responsible for a number of tasks. Visit this link to learn all details about the committee and the nomination submission process.

HB 436 Legislation Code:

  • Requires the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to develop a dyslexia guidebook for screening, intervention, and remediation for children with dyslexia or displaying dyslexic characteristics and tendencies;

  • Requires the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to prescribe the number of clock hours of dyslexia-related professional development required for teachers;

  • Permits the Ohio Dyslexia Committee to make recommendations regarding ratios of students to teachers who have received certification in identifying and addressing dyslexia, the school personnel who should receive the certification, and whether professional development requirements should include completing a practicum;

  • Requires the Department, in collaboration with the Ohio Dyslexia Committee, to identify screening and intervention measures that evaluate the literacy skills of students using a multi-sensory structured literacy program;

Once the committee completes these goals, HB 436 implementation will:

  • Require school districts and other public schools to administer annual dyslexia screenings beginning in the 2022-2023 school year;

  • Phase in over three years dyslexia-related professional development requirements for public school teachers;

  • Require school districts and other public schools, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, to establish a multi-sensory structured literacy certification process for teachers.

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