Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
the bill.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council's Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia.
Testimony before the committee indicated that parents, teachers, and
administrators assisting students with dyslexia and related conditions may have
difficulty finding information and resources related to dyslexia and related conditions.
At its second meeting, the committee heard testimony from representatives from the
Minnesota Department of Education, who created a guidebook as a resource for parents
and teachers of students with dyslexia in navigating the school system. The committee
discussed legislation relating to the creation of a guidebook in Wisconsin and instructed
the Legislative Council to have this bill drafted.
This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to develop a
guidebook for parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators regarding dyslexia and
related conditions. To develop the guidebook, the state superintendent of public

instruction must establish an advisory committee, whose membership shall be
determined in consultation with the International Dyslexia Association—Wisconsin
Branch, Inc. (IDA), and the Wisconsin State Reading Association, Inc. (WSRA).
Representatives from IDA and WSRA also serve as cochairpersons on the advisory
committee.
The advisory committee must submit to DPI a draft guidebook containing at least
all of the following information: (1) a description of screening processes and tools
available to identify dyslexia and related conditions, (2) a description of interventions and
instructional strategies that have been shown to improve academic performance of pupils
with dyslexia and related conditions, and (3) a description of resources and services
related to dyslexia and related conditions that are available to pupils with dyslexia and
related conditions, parents and guardians of such pupils, and educators.
The advisory committee must submit its draft guidebook to DPI within one year
of appointment of all members of the advisory committee. DPI must publish the final
guidebook within three months after it receives the draft guidebook from the advisory
committee. Any school board that maintains an Internet site must include a link to the
guidebook on its Internet site. Finally, DPI must review the guidebook once every three
years, in consultation with IDA and WSRA.
AB110,1 1Section 1. 115.28 (56) of the statutes is created to read:
AB110,2,72 115.28 (56) Guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions. (a) At
3least once every 3 school years, in consultation with the International Dyslexia
4Association – Wisconsin Branch, Inc., and the Wisconsin State Reading Association,
5Inc., review the guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions developed
6under 2019 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 3 (2), and, if appropriate, revise the
7guidebook.
AB110,2,118 (b) Publish on the department's Internet site the guidebook related to dyslexia
9and related conditions developed under 2019 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 3
10(2), and any revisions under par. (a). The guidebook shall be published for
11informational purposes only.
AB110,2 12Section 2. 118.015 (4) (d) of the statutes is created to read:
AB110,2,1513 118.015 (4) (d) If the school board maintains an Internet site for the school
14district, include a link to the guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions
15that is published on the department's Internet site under s. 115.28 (56) (b).
AB110,3 16Section 3 . Nonstatutory provisions.
AB110,3,8
1(1) Definition of dyslexia. In subs. (2) to (5), “dyslexia” means a specific
2learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. Dyslexia is characterized by
3difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and
4decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the
5phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other
6cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary
7consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading
8experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
AB110,3,189 (2) Guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions. The department
10of public instruction, in consultation with the advisory committee established under
11sub. (3), shall develop a guidebook that provides information for parents, guardians,
12teachers, and administrators on the subject of dyslexia and related conditions. The
13department shall publish the guidebook developed under this subsection on the
14department's Internet site no later than the first day of the 4th month after the date
15on which the department receives a draft guidebook under sub. (5). The guidebook
16shall be published for informational purposes only. In the guidebook related to
17dyslexia and related conditions, the department shall include at least a description
18of all of the following:
AB110,3,2019 (a) Screening processes and tools available to identify dyslexia and related
20conditions.
AB110,3,2221 (b) Interventions and instructional strategies that have been shown to improve
22academic performance of pupils with dyslexia and related conditions.
AB110,3,2423 (c) Resources and services related to dyslexia and related conditions that are
24available to all of the following:
AB110,3,25 251. Pupils with dyslexia and related conditions.
AB110,4,1
12. Parents and guardians of pupils with dyslexia and related conditions.
AB110,4,2 23. Educators.
AB110,4,63 (3) Advisory committee. The state superintendent of public instruction shall
4establish an advisory committee to develop a draft guidebook related to dyslexia and
5related conditions. The advisory committee shall be comprised of 19 members
6appointed under sub. (4).
AB110,4,97 (4) Appointment of advisory committee members. The state superintendent of
8public instruction shall appoint the members of the advisory committee under sub.
9(3) as follows:
AB110,4,1610 (a) By no later than 30 days after the effective date of this paragraph, the
11International Dyslexia Association – Wisconsin Branch, Inc., shall submit to the
12state superintendent of public instruction a list of 3 individuals it recommends to
13serve as a cochairperson of the advisory committee. By no later than 60 days after
14the effective date of this paragraph, the state superintendent of public instruction
15shall appoint one individual from the list submitted under this paragraph to serve
16as a cochairperson of the advisory committee.
AB110,4,2317 (b) By no later than 30 days after the effective date of this paragraph, the
18Wisconsin State Reading Association, Inc., shall submit to the state superintendent
19of public instruction a list of 3 individuals it recommends to serve as a cochairperson
20of the advisory committee. By no later than 60 days after the effective date of this
21paragraph, the state superintendent of public instruction shall appoint one
22individual from the list submitted under this paragraph to serve as a cochairperson
23of the advisory committee.
AB110,5,224 (c) By no later than 90 days after the effective date of this paragraph, the
25International Dyslexia Association – Wisconsin Branch, Inc., and the Wisconsin

1State Reading Association, Inc., shall each submit a list of 8 individuals that the
2organization recommends to be a member of the advisory committee.
AB110,5,53 (d) By no later than the first day of the 7th month after the effective date of this
4paragraph, in addition to the cochairpersons appointed under pars. (a) and (b), the
5state superintendent shall appoint to the advisory committee all of the following:
AB110,5,6 61. One member who is a representative of the department of public instruction.
AB110,5,8 72. Eight members from the recommendations provided by International
8Dyslexia Association – Wisconsin Branch, Inc., under par. (c).
AB110,5,10 93. Eight members from the recommendations provided by the Wisconsin State
10Reading Association, Inc., under par. (c ).
AB110,5,1611 (5) Draft guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions. By no later
12than the first day of the 12th month after the date on which all members of the
13advisory committee have been appointed under sub. (4 ) (d), the advisory committee
14shall submit a draft guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions that
15includes the information required under sub. (2 ) (a) to (c) to the department of public
16instruction and the appropriate standing committee of each house of the legislature.
AB110,4 17Section 4. Initial applicability.
AB110,5,2118 (1) Guidebook review process. The treatment of s. 115.28 (56) (a) first applies
19beginning on the date the guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions is
20published on the department of public instruction's Internet site under Section 3 (2)
21of this act.
AB110,5,2222 (End)
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