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Texas has a long history of supporting the fundamental skill of reading. This history includes a focus on early identification and intervention for students with dyslexia. This page includes resources to assist in identifying and providing services for students with dyslexia and related disorders in Texas schools.
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House Bill 3928

House Bill 3928 was passed by the 88th Texas Legislature (Regular Session) and impacts dyslexia evaluation, identification, and instruction. While TEA works to update the necessary materials, be aware that the law is effective immediately. The State Board of Education's proposed timeline for its required changes will be communicated as that timeline is determined and communicated to the agency.

In response to HB 3928, TEA has provided resources to support its implementation. 


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. 


TEAs Review & Support Page

Cyclical Reviews Schedule

  **Cycles 1 and 2

  **Cycles 3 and 4

**Cycles 5 and 6


TEAs Dyslexia Monitoring Website (January 2021) 

Dyslexia Program Evaluation Process (One Pager) (March 2021)

External Dyslexia Program Evaluation Rubric(Updated August 2023)


Key Assessment Dates and Requirements for PK through 2nd grade - SY 2023-2024

Assessment Calendar and requirements


TEA: PEIMS Dyslexia Flowchart 


Accessible Books for Texas is a Benetech(opens external link in new window) project funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that provides on-the-ground training and support to Texas public K-12 educators, parents, and students on accessible educational materials (AIM).

Bookshare(opens external link in new window) is an accessible online library which has over 500,000 titles available to individuals with print disabilities. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students.

Learning Ally(opens external link in new window) - Learning Ally has 80,000 + human-narrated audio books available to individuals with print disabilities. The materials can be delivered through internet downloads and accessed using various mainstream and assistive technology devices. Through a contract with TEA, Learning Ally offers free memberships to Texas K-12 public and charter schools with qualifying students.

SB 2075 requires school districts to notify parents of the Talking Book Program. The Talking Book Program(TBP) provides free library services to qualifying Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. TBP is part of the National Library Service to the Blind and Print Disabled, a program administered by the Library of Congress. The TBP collection consists of more than 100,000 titles, including hundreds of titles in Spanish, and some in French, German, Russian, and other languages. 

Parent Notification Sample Document: Audio Resources Available to Students with Dyslexia or Other Reading Difficulties

Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update
On September 3rd, 2021, the State Board of Education (SBOE) gave final approval for updates to the Dyslexia Handbook. Some of the updates to the Dyslexia Handbook may require LEAs to make policy, procedure, and practice changes. The updated Dyslexia Handbook will go into effect on February 10th, 2022. 
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 neurobiological 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: A TEA Professional Learning Course

The Dyslexia Professional Learning Course is designed for all school and district staff members across the state who serve students in kindergarten through grade 12. (FREE/ 6 credits)

Texas Dyslexia  Academy

Modules 1-6 have been completed as of November, 2023. TDA 2 is on hold until the SBOE revises the Dyslexia Handbook by June 2024.

Texas Dyslexia Academies

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

Printable Brochure (English)

Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports Network

Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports Network

Accommodation Resources--State of Texas Assessment Program

TEA STAAR/TELPAS Accomodation Resource Page

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  • All Kinds of Minds by Mel Levine, M.D.
  • Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems by Louisa Cook Moats, Karen E. Dakin
  • Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print—A Summary by Marilyn Jager Adams
  • Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain by Maryanne Wolf
  • Dyslexia: Theory and Practice of Instruction, Third Edition by Diana Brewster Clark, Joanna Kellog Uhry
  • English Isn’t Crazy! by Diana Handbury King
  • Helping Children Overcome L.D. by Gerome Rosner
  • Homework Without Tears: A Parent’s Guide for Motivating Children To Do Homework and To Succeed in School by Lee Canter, Lee Hausner
  • How Dyslexic Benny Became a Star: A Story of Hope for Dyslexic Children and Their Parents by Joe Griffith
  • Informed Instruction for Reading Success: Foundations for Teacher Preparation by The International Dyslexia Association
  • Josh: A Boy With Dyslexia by Caroline Janover
  • Keeping A Head in School: A Student’s Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders by Mel Levine, M.D.
  • Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and AdHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution by Jonathan Mooney, David Cole
  • Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, 3rd Edition by Judith R. Birsh (Ed.)
  • My Name is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt
  • Overcoming Dyslexia, Second Edition, Completely Revised and Updated (2020) by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
  • Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan L. Hall, Louisa C. Moats
  • Proust and the Squid, The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
  • Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition by Melissa Lee Farrall
  • Reading David: A Mother and Son’s Journey Through the Labyrinth of Dyslexia by Lissa Weinstein, Ph.D.
  • Revealing Minds: Assessing to Understand and Support Struggling Learners by Craig Pohlman
  • Smart Kids with School Problems: Things to Know & Ways to Help by Pricilla Vail
  • Speech to Print by Louisa C. Moats
  • Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Yearsby Susan L. Hall, Louisa C. Moats
  • The Difficult Child by Stanley Turecki, M.D., Leslie Tonner
  • The Many Faces of Dyslexia by Margaret Byrd Rawson
  • The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child’s Learning Disabilityby Larry B. Silver, M.D.
  • The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
  • The Source for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia by Regina Richards
  • The Tuned-in, Turned-on Book about Learning Problems by Marnell Hayes
  • The Voice of Evidence in Reading Research by Peggy McCardle, Vinita Chhabra
  • The Worst Speller in Jr. High by Caroline Janover, Rosemary Wellner
  • “What’s Wrong with Me?” Learning Disabilities at Home and School by Regina Cicci
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