State law addresses hearing screening.
216-RICR-20-10-4.14 Hearing Screening
A. Students in pre-kindergarten programs operated by public school districts, and all students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades and any student(s) new to a school without a prior record of a hearing screening must be given a hearing screening test by a properly trained and qualified person in accordance with the guidelines of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) incorporated at § 4.2(G) of this Part.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-14. Hearing speech and vision screenings – Records – Statewide hearing screening program.
(b) Upon initial entry, all school children shall be given a hearing screening test by a properly trained professional employed by the department of elementary and secondary education, at intervals consistent with regulations promulgated by the director of health and the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.