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  • NJ A3465
  • Requires boards of education to conduct student vision screenings that include evaluation of visual acuity and binocular vision.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
State Board of Education regulations at N.J.A.C.6A:16-2.2(l)(2) currently require boards of education to conduct visual acuity screenings biennially for students in kindergarten through grade 10. This bill would codify the requirement to screen students in kindergarten through grade 10 for visual acuity and additionally require that the vision screenings include an evaluation of binocular vision skills, including convergence. The vision screenings will be conducted in accordance with standards jointly established by the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Health, including standards for the frequency of the screenings. The bill requires notification to the parent or guardian of any student whose vision screening detects a suspected vision-related problem. Binocular vision refers to the ability for both eyes to work together simultaneously. Binocular vision disorders, including convergence insufficiency, can greatly impact a child's ability to learn and may initially be misinterpreted as neurodevelopmental delays or learning disabilities. Screening students for binocular vision in addition to visual acuity will assist in the early identification of children with vision problems, enabling them to obtain appropriate treatment that can improve educational outcomes and quality of life.
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 3/7/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
3/7/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
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