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SECTION 2.  § 38.003(a) and (b-1), Education Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)  Students enrolling in public schools in this state shall be screened or tested, as appropriate, for dyslexia and related disorders at appropriate times in accordance with a program approved by the State Board of Education. The program must include screening at the end of the school year of each student in kindergarten and each student in the first grade.

SBOE Updates to §74.28

Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C, Other Provisions, §74.28, Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Second Reading and Final Adoption) The board approved for second reading and final adoption proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C, Other Provisions, §74.28, Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders, to update the rule and to align the rule with recent legislative changes made by House Bill (HB) 1886, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017. The updated rules will be effective August 27, 2018. 

Here is a link to the changes:  Amendment to 19 TAC §74.28.  More information to come this Fall.

TEA's Strategic Action Plan for Special EducationTEA has provided guidance in the action plan for meeting the needs of students with Dyslexia.  Each child's individual needs are to be evaluated to determine the placement of the child--Section 504 or Special Education.  ESC17 will be providing support and information to districts in understanding the plan.  Look for professional development in the Fall.  Here is a link to the Strategic Action Plan.
Texas Education Code Definition
Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability. Related disorders includes similar to or related to dyslexia such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphasia, specific developmental dyslexia, developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
International Dyslexia Association Definition:
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. Adopted by the IDA Board, November 2002. This definition is also used by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), 2002.

"For a dyslexic who does not yet know they are dyslexic, life is like a big high wall you never think you will be able to climb or get over. The moment you understand there is something called dyslexia, and there are ways of getting around the problem, the whole world opens up." Sir Jackie Stewart
Dyslexia Handbook
This is the Dyslexia Handbook, Revised 2014 which includes the latest changes in the ADA law and updates to descriptors of dyslexia.

Texas Dyslexia Identification Academies

Module 1: The Dyslexia Foundation Online at Texas Gateway

Link to State Dyslexia Technology Plan


The State Technology Plan is an online tool of technology considerations for use in the classroom for students identified with dyslexia.

Dyslexia Program Awareness Brochure for Educators and Parents

English Version

Spanish Version

Dyslexia Brochure Order Form
Progress in the General Curriculum State Network Web page FOR SPECIAL & General EDUCATION TEACHERSProgress in the General Curriculum 

Texas Dyslexia Identification Academies

Module 1: The Dyslexia Foundation Online at Texas Gateway

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