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House Passes Reading Screening Bill

House Bill 304 requires all public school students in kindergarten through grade 3 participate in a universal reading screening 3 times each year to identify potential reading deficiencies, including dyslexia, and allow for early intervention and prevention. The vote was unanimous, 40-0-1. The bill is already out of committe in the Senate so it could get a vote in that chamber soon.

Sponsored by State Representative Kim Williams, House Bill 304 tasks the Department of Education with compiling a list of reading screeners as well as literacy intervention approaches that are aligned with the science of reading that charter schools and districts may use. The Department will take into account the science of reading and evidence-based research in creating the list as well as the alignment of screeners and interventions with a multi-tiered system of support.

The Department is also required to consider the burden on schools to administer screeners and the amenability of the screener to being incorporated into ongoing instruction.

Charter schools and districts are additionally required to provide the results of each screening to a student’s parent – which may be done by adding it to existing communications such as report cards or progress reports. Finally, charter schools and districts must report, by grade, the number of students in kindergarten through grade 3 determined to have potential reading deficiencies and what intervention approach is being used, as well as the number of students receiving dyslexia specific interventions.

The Department of Education is tasked with compiling this information into a report for the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, and the Governor.

“I have spent my career as a legislator fighting to give every Delaware student a high-quality education,” said Rep. Kim Williams. “This means that we must equip our educators with the tools to intervene early when it comes to diagnosing and supporting students with potential reading disabilities. House Bill 304 ensures that young students are set up to succeed early on in their education.” 

House Bill 304 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
K.Williams, Baumbach, Heffernan, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Longhurst, Morrison, OsienskiHouse Passes 40-0-1. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Friel Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton  Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Absent: Yearick
Sturgeon, McBride, Lockman, Hansen, Sokola
Current Status: Out of Committee in Senate

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