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  • NJ A4772
  • Establishes Working Group on Deaf Education and directs DOE to develop parent resource guide and select early intervention assessments for use in identifying language delays in deaf and hard of hearing children.
Introduced
(5/11/2017)
In Committee
(5/11/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes in the Department of Education a Working Group on Deaf Education for the purpose of making recommendations on issues related to the early linguistic development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The working group will consist of 12 members appointed by the Commissioner of Education. It will be the duty of the working group to examine, research, and make recommendations to the Department of Education for: (1) the development of a parent resource guide for parents to monitor and track deaf and hard of hearing children's expressive and receptive language acquisition and developmental stages toward English literacy; and (2) the selection of one or more early intervention assessments to be used by educators to assess the language and literacy development of deaf and hard of hearing children. Under the bill, the working group is required to issue a report, including its recommendations, no later than one year after the working group organizes. The bill also directs the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Health, to develop a parent resource guide for use by parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. The parent resource guide will: (1) help parents monitor and track deaf and hard of hearing language acquisition; (2) be appropriate for use, in both content and administration, with deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age five, (3) be written for clarity and ease of use by parents; (4) be aligned to existing instruments used by school districts to assess the development of children with disabilities; (5) include a statement that the parent resource is not a formal assessment of language and literacy development; and (6) include a statement that a parent may bring the parent resource guide to a child study team meeting for purposes of sharing observations about the child's development. The department is directed to incorporate the recommendations provided by the working group into the parent resource guide. The department must make the parent resource guide publicly available on its website. The bill also directs the department to, after consideration of the recommendations provided by the working group, select one or more early intervention assessments to be used by educators to assess the language and literacy development of deaf and hard of hearing children. The bill directs the department to disseminate the selected assessments to school districts, and provide materials and training on their use. Finally, the bill directs the Department of Education to annually collect and publicly report data on the language acquisition and developmental progress of children from age two to age five who are deaf or hard of hearing and the Early Intervention Program in the Department of Health to annually collect and publicly report such data for infants and toddlers from birth to age two.
Education
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee  (on 5/11/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
5/11/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified