• Program Overview


    Intervention:  Both state and federal legislation emphasize early identification and intervention for students who may be at risk for reading disabilities, such as dyslexia. Through the tiered intervention process (response to intervention), schools can document students' learning difficulties, provide ongoing assessment, and monitor reading achievement progress for students at risk for dyslexia or other reading difficulties.  

     Assessment and Identification:  The identification of reading disabilities, including dyslexia, will follow one of two procedures.  A district will typically evaluate for dyslexia through 504.  On the other hand, if a student is suspected of having a disability within the scope of IDEA 2004, all special education procedures must be followed. 

    Schools shall recommend assessment for dyslexia if the student demonstrates the following:

    • Poor performance in one or more areas of reading and spelling that is unexpected for the student’s age/grade
    • Characteristics and risk factors of dyslexia indicated in Chapter 1 (of the Texas Dyslexia Handbook): Definitions and Characteristics

    Parents/guardians always have the right to request a referral for a dyslexia assessment at any time.  Once a parent request for dyslexia assessment has been made, the school district is obligated to review both formal and informal data to determine where there is reason to believe the student has a disability. 



  • Instruction for Students with Dyslexia:

    • Specialized Dyslexia Intervention
      • Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia
      • Esperanza – a multisensory, structured program for the teaching of reading, writing and spelling to students who struggle with literacy and language skills.
    • Instructional Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
    • Access to Instructional Materials for Students with Disabilities at TEA Webpage - Accessible Instructional Materials
    • Texas State Student Assessment Program Accommodations for Students with Disabilities – for more information about accommodations on statewide assessments, visit TEA Webpage - Accommodation Resources


    Source:  The Dyslexia Handbook, Revised 2021 




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