FISCAL NOTE

Date Requested: February 18, 2020
Time Requested: 12:27 PM
Agency: Education, WV Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
3212 Amendment HB4843
CBD Subject: Actions, Suits and Liens


FUND(S):

N/A

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Increases Existing Expenses



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    Currently, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) provides counties with availability of a phonological and language awareness screener for dyslexia at no charge for all students in pre-k through grade three.
    
    The fiscal note is based on the cost of an appropriate screening instrument currently used in other states, as well as by some schools within West Virginia per the sentence above. The instrument is the PALS for Grades 1-3, which provides testing materials, training and online scoring.
    
    The approximate cost of the PALS 1-3 is $315 per teacher, as follows: Teacher Set (materials for 25 children) at $125 each, additional consumable screening materials at $40 each. Online score entry and reporting system K-3, $50 per class of 30 students. Online tutorials for administration, score entry and reporting system, $25 each; online training to use PALS data to monitor student progress $75.
    
    Total cost estimated for year 1- $315,000
    Total cost per kindergarten classroom= $315 per class in year one x approximately 1,000 first grade classrooms in the state.
    
    Total cost estimated for subsequent years: In year two and subsequent years, $90 for online services and consumables plus cost of any additional online tutorials needed, estimated at $25 each= $115 per unit X approximately 1,000 first grade teachers= $115,000
    
    No estimate provided for grades 2-5 educator materials as required by the committee substitute, but the cost would be comparatively less for to have one teacher in each grade 2-5 trained to screen for dyslexia via PALS rather than having all grades 2-5 teachers trained with consumables for all students (since all first graders would have already been screened).
    
    No estimate provided for teacher and administrator time needed to administer screening, receive training and maintain records.
    
    At this time, the WVDE has not adopted a dyscalculia screener. Costs would presumably be comparable to that of a dyslexia screener as indicated above. (approximately $315,000 for year one and then approximately $115,000 annually each year thereafter) plus the cost of ensuring one teacher in each grade 2-5 in each school is trained to screen for dyscalculia.
    
    Estimated totals for dyslexia and dyscalculia screeners: Year One: $630,000 for grade 1; Subsequent years: $230,000 for grade 1 annually.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2020
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2021
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 630,000 230,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    See above section.



Memorandum


    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Brenda Freed
    Email Address: bfreed@k12.wv.us