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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
52-3.161 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/2-3.161)
7    Sec. 2-3.161. Definition of dyslexia; reading instruction
8advisory group; handbook.
9    (a) The State Board of Education shall incorporate, in both
10general education and special education, the following
11definition of dyslexia:
12        Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is
13    neurobiological in origin. Dyslexia is characterized by
14    difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition
15    and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These
16    difficulties typically result from a deficit in the
17    phonological component of language that is often
18    unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the
19    provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary
20    consequences may include problems in reading comprehension
21    and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of
22    vocabulary and background knowledge.
23    (b) Subject to specific State appropriation or the



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1availability of private donations, the State Board of Education
2shall establish an advisory group to develop a training module
3or training modules to provide education and professional
4development to teachers, school administrators, and other
5education professionals regarding multi-sensory, systematic,
6and sequential instruction in reading. This advisory group
7shall complete its work before December 15, 2015 and is
8abolished on December 15, 2015. The State Board of Education
9shall reestablish the advisory group abolished on December 15,
102015 to complete the abolished group's work. The reestablished
11advisory group shall complete its work before December 31, 2016
12and is abolished on December 31, 2016. The provisions of this
13subsection (b), other than this sentence, are inoperative after
14December 31, 2016.
15    (c) The State Board of Education shall develop and maintain
16a handbook to be made available on its Internet website that
17provides guidance for pupils, parents or guardians, and
18teachers on the subject of dyslexia. The handbook shall
19include, but is not limited to:
20        (1) guidelines for teachers and parents or guardians on
21    how to identify signs of dyslexia;
22        (2) a description of educational strategies that have
23    been shown to improve the academic performance of pupils
24    with dyslexia; and
25        (3) a description of resources and services available
26    to pupils with dyslexia, parents or guardians of pupils



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1    with dyslexia, and teachers.
2    The State Board shall review the handbook once every 4
3years to update, if necessary, the guidelines, educational
4strategies, or resources and services made available in the
6(Source: P.A. 99-65, eff. 7-16-15; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 99-602,
7eff. 7-22-16; 99-603, eff. 7-22-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)
8    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
9becoming law.