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Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003, Screening and Treatment for Dyslexia

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. 

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 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 Handbook
This is the Dyslexia Handbook, updated 2018 which takes effect immediately.

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 

Accommodation Resources--State of Texas Assessment Program

TEA STAAR/TELPAS Accomodation Resource Page

Texas Dyslexia Identification Academies

Module 1: The Dyslexia Foundation Online at Texas Gateway

 
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  • 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
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  • 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: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at An Level 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

Accessible Books for Texas

Accessible Books for Texas is a Benetech 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 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
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.

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