8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Interventions for Reading Difficulties Pilot Program, including
11 extending the sunset date.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ renames the Interventions for Reading Difficulties Pilot Program as the
15 Interventions for Reading Difficulties Program (program);
16 ▸ repeals outdated provisions related to the program;
17 ▸ modifies requirements related to the program;
18 ▸ extends the sunset date for the program from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2024; and
19 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
20 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 53F-5-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 22 and renumbered and
27 amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 2
28 63I-1-253, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapters 107, 117, 385, 415, and
31 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
32 Section 1. Section 53F-5-203 is amended to read:
33 53F-5-203. Interventions for Reading Difficulties Program.
34 (1) As used in this section:
35 (a) "Board" means the State Board of Education.
36 (b) "Dyslexia" means a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin and
37 characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and
38 decoding abilities that typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language
39 that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective
40 classroom instruction.
41 (c) "Local education agency" or "LEA" means:
42 (i) a school district;
43 (ii) a charter school; or
44 (iii) the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
45 (d) "Multi-Tier System of Supports" or "MTSS" means a framework integrating
46 assessment and intervention that:
47 (i) provides increasingly intensive interventions for students at risk for or experiencing
48 reading difficulties, including:
49 (A) tier II interventions that, in addition to standard classroom reading, provide
50 supplemental and targeted small group instruction in reading using evidence-based curricula;
52 (B) tier III interventions that address the specific needs of students who are the most at
53 risk or who have not responded to tier II interventions by providing frequent, intensive, and
54 targeted small group instruction using evidence-based curricula; and
55 (ii) is developed to:
56 (A) maximize student achievement;
57 (B) reduce behavior problems; and
58 (C) increase long-term success.
59 (e) "Program" means the Interventions for Reading Difficulties [
60 (f) "Reading difficulty" means an impairment, including dyslexia, that negatively
61 affects a student's ability to learn to read.
62 (2) There is created the Interventions for Reading Difficulties [
64 (a) specific evidence-based literacy interventions using an MTSS for students in
65 kindergarten through grade 5 who are at risk for or experiencing a reading difficulty, including
66 dyslexia; and
67 (b) professional development to educators who provide the literacy interventions
68 described in Subsection (2)(a).
69 (3) (a) An LEA may submit a proposal to the board to participate in the program.
70 (b) An LEA proposal described in Subsection (3)(a) shall:
71 (i) specify:
72 (A) a range of current benchmark assessment in reading scores described in Section
73 53E-4-307 that the LEA will use to determine whether a student is at risk for a reading
74 difficulty; and
75 (B) other reading difficulty risk factors that the LEA will use to determine whether a
76 student is at risk for a reading difficulty;
77 (ii) describe the LEA's existing reading program;
78 (iii) describe the LEA's MTSS approach; and
79 (iv) include any other information requested by the board.
80 (c) The board may:
81 (i) specify the format for an LEA proposal; and
82 (ii) set a deadline for an LEA to submit a proposal.
83 (4) The board shall:
84 (a) define criteria for selecting an LEA to participate in the program;
85 (b) [
86 (i) on a competitive basis; and
87 (ii) using criteria described in Subsection (4)(a); and
88 (c) subject to legislative appropriations, provide each LEA, selected as described in
89 Subsection (4)(b), up to $30,000 per school within the LEA.
99 (a) select at least one school in the LEA to participate in the program;
100 (b) identify students in kindergarten through grade 5 for participation in the program
102 (i) using current benchmark assessment in reading scores as described in Section
103 53E-4-307; and
104 (ii) considering other reading difficulty risk factors identified by the LEA;
105 (c) provide interventions for each student participating in the program using an MTSS
106 implemented by an educator trained in evidence-based interventions;
107 (d) include the LEA's proposal submitted under Subsection (3)(b) in the reading
108 achievement plan described in Section 53E-4-306 for each school in the LEA that participates
109 in the program; [
110 (e) participate in training provided by the state board; and
112 (i) individual student outcomes in changes in reading ability;
113 (ii) school level outcomes; and
114 (iii) any other information requested by the board.
116 Subsection (4)(c) for the following purposes:
117 (a) to provide for ongoing professional development in evidence-based literacy
119 (b) to support educators in earning a reading interventionist credential that prepares
120 teachers to provide a student who is at risk for or experiencing reading difficulty, including
121 dyslexia, with reading intervention that is:
122 (i) explicit;
123 (ii) systematic; and
124 (iii) targeted to a student's specific reading difficulty; and
125 (c) to implement the program.
127 program on:
128 (a) whether the program improves reading outcomes for a student who receives the
129 interventions described in Subsection [
130 (b) whether the program may reduce [
131 student to be referred for possible special education services; and
132 (c) any other student or school achievement outcomes requested by the board.
137 Section 2. Section 63I-1-253 is amended to read:
138 63I-1-253. Repeal dates, Titles 53 through 53G.
139 The following provisions are repealed on the following dates:
148 from the Land Exchange Distribution Account to the Geological Survey for test wells, other
149 hydrologic studies, and air quality monitoring in the West Desert, is repealed July 1, 2020.
154 State Plan Pilot Program, is repealed July 1, 2022.