April 2014 Committee on Instruction Item 8

Discussion of Updates to Dyslexia Handbook

April 10, 2014

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION

SUMMARY:
This item provides the opportunity for the committee to review the recommended updates and revisions to the Dyslexia Handbook.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §38.003.

BOARD RESPONSE: This item is presented for review and comment.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The State Board of Education (SBOE) first approved the handbook Dyslexia and Related Disorders: An Overview of State and Federal Requirements in January 1986. The SBOE approved new guidelines referred to as the Revised Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders in 1992 and revised the guidelines in 1998. In 2001, the SBOE approved The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders, an updated version of the state handbook. In November 2006, the SBOE approved revisions to the handbook in order to reflect the addition of TEC, §7.028(b); revision to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.28(h) and to include information related to the bundled accommodations and reauthorization of the 2004 federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. In July 2010, the SBOE adopted amendments to 19 TAC §74.28 to incorporate technical edits for clarification of references to the Dyslexia Handbook and to further explain district responsibilities. In September 2010, the SBOE approved updates to the Dyslexia Handbook to update references to state and federal statute, align terminology with more current language, and to expand information regarding domains to assess.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The SBOE first approved the handbook Dyslexia and Related Disorders: An Overview of State and Federal Requirements in January 1986 in support of dyslexia legislation passed by the Texas Legislature. The handbook contains the SBOE-approved procedures concerning dyslexia and related disorders and provides guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. Additionally, the handbook provides school districts and parents/guardians with information regarding the state’s dyslexia statutes and their relation to federal laws.

The SBOE approved new guidelines referred to as the Revised Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders in 1992 and revised the guidelines in 1998. In 2001, the SBOE approved The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders, an updated version of the state handbook. In November 2006, the SBOE approved revisions to the handbook in order to reflect changes to the Texas Education Code (TEC) with the addition of TEC, §7.028(b); and revision to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.28(h). The revised version, known as The Dyslexia Handbook – Revised 2007: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders, also included information related to the bundled accommodations and reauthorization of the 2004 federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

In July 2010, the SBOE adopted amendments to 19 TAC §74.28, Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders, to incorporate technical edits for clarification of references to the Dyslexia Handbook and to further explain district responsibilities. In September 2010, the SBOE approved updates to the dyslexia handbook to update references to state and federal statute, align terminology with more current language, and to expand information regarding domains to assess. In 2011, the 82nd Texas Legislature passed SB 866 requiring the development of a plan for integrating technology into classrooms to help accommodate students with dyslexia. The plan has been developed as an interactive online tool which is now available at no cost to all Texas educators. The committee received updates on resources and support for students with dyslexia at the September and November 2013 SBOE meetings.

A committee was convened in 2013 to recommend updates to the handbook. The committee’s draft recommendations will be provided to the board as a separate exhibit at the April 2014 meeting and will be presented for approval at a future meeting.

FISCAL IMPACT: None.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Districts and schools will have accurate and appropriate resources and information for providing services to students with dyslexia and related disorders and for complying with state law regarding these students.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

Shelly Ramos, Managing Director
Curriculum

Attachment:
Statutory Citations (PDF, 184KB)

Separate Exhibit:
The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders
(to be provided at the April SBOE meeting)