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BillTopicRequirementsTimeline
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SB 217DyslexiaSchools must screen students for indicators of dyslexia2019 - 2020
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School Corporations must have a "Reading Specialist Trained in Dyslexia"
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A task force has been transferred from the
Office of Special Ed to the Office of School Improvement
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SB 297Soft SkillsCurriculum must include employability skills
for all grades 1-12
2019 - 2020
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HB 1420Civil SuitsRequires claimants to provide written notice of alleged violation of law prior to due processJuly 1, 2018
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Requires claimants to identify a possible solution in the written notice
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HB 1426DiplomasCombines 4 diplomas into 1 diploma2018
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Authorizes Indiana State Board of Education to adopt an alternate diploma
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Alternatives to Algebra 2
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High school assessments transitioning to SAT/ACT for 2021 10th graders; it is unknown what assessment will be used during the transition years2023 graduating class
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Graduation Pathways 2021
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Indiana State Board of EducationCertificate of CompletionIn order to obtain a Certificate of Completion, student must acquire specific units or credits2023 graduating class
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in response to last year's law changeDevelopmental Delay EligibilityDevelopmental Delay eligibility for ages 3-8July 1, 2018
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Indiana State Board of EducationArticle 7 RevisionsThe State Board of Education is currently working on a revision of Article VII.TBD
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There is an Article VII ICASE Task Force who are considering making recommendations to Indiana State Board of Education during the Public Comment Period.
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Center for School Mental Health (University of Maryland)SHAPEA tool (survey) to use to determine the mental health needs of students is availablecurrently available
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State Testing
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2017 LegislationILEARNISTEP will be replaced with ILEARN 2018-2019
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I AM originated from a Request for Proposal in Nov 2017 and is based on iLEARN I AMISTAR will be I AM (Indiana Alternate Measure) which will be published by AIR (American Institutes for Research).

I AM is still in the development stages. Committees are currently being formed.
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IIEP Accommodations
IIEP has been updated to include ILEARN accommodationscomplete
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Assessment requirement from Indiana Department of EducationNo Mode of CommunicationThere are special IEP requirements in IEPs of students designated as having "no mode of communication".2018
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