HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 166        FILED ON: 1/9/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 330


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Chris Walsh


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to defining and providing screening for dyslexia.






Date Added:

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex


Jack Lewis

7th Middlesex


Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex


Tackey Chan

2nd Norfolk


James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth


Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex


Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth


Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex


Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex


James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester


James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex


Thomas P. Walsh

12th Essex


James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex


Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk


John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk


RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk


Natalie Higgins

4th Worcester


James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex


Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden


Daniel Cullinane

12th Suffolk


Solomon Goldstein-Rose

3rd Hampshire


Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden


Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk


Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol


Jay R. Kaufman

15th Middlesex


Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex


John F. Keenan

Norfolk and Plymouth


David K. Muradian, Jr.

9th Worcester


Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex


Aaron Vega

5th Hampden


William Driscoll

7th Norfolk


Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk


Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk


Michael S. Day

31st Middlesex


Bradford R. Hill

4th Essex


Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth


Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex


Hannah Kane

11th Worcester


Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex


Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol


Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex


Patrick M. O'Connor

Plymouth and Norfolk


Brian Murray

10th Worcester


John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire


James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk


Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester


Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex


David F. DeCoste

5th Plymouth


Kay Khan

11th Middlesex


David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex


Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex


Shaunna L. O'Connell

3rd Bristol


Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex


Paul Tucker

7th Essex


John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex


Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 166        FILED ON: 1/9/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 330

By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 330) of Chris Walsh and others relative to defining and providing screening for dyslexia for students.  Education.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act relative to defining and providing screening for dyslexia.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 57 the following section:-

Section 57A. (a) For the purposes of this section, “Neurological Learning Disability” shall mean a specific learning disability including, but not limited to, dyslexia, as most recently defined by the National Institute of Health, that is neurobiological in origin.

(b) The department of elementary and secondary education shall issue guidelines for districts, to develop more targeted screening procedures or protocols for students for potential indicators of a neurological learning disability including, but not limited to, dyslexia. These indicators are phonemic awareness (PA), rapid automatized  naming (RAN) and letter sound knowledge (LSK).  Dyslexia Screening in the Commonwealth will include valid and efficient screening of these three indicators.