July 2014 Committee on Instruction Item 5

Approval of Updates to Dyslexia Handbook

July 18, 2014

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

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

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

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 Senate Bill 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 were presented to the board for discussion at the April 2014 meeting. This item presents the opportunity for the committee to review and approve updates to the Dyslexia Handbook. The final version of the handbook will be provided as a separate exhibit at the July 2014 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: The approval of the updates to the handbook would have no procedural or reporting implications.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Following the April 2014 SBOE meeting, the draft of The Dyslexia Handbook – Revised 2014: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders was posted to the TEA website for public feedback. Numerous comments were received and shared with the committee to assist them in producing the final version of the Dyslexia Handbook.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Approve The Dyslexia Handbook – Revised 2014: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders.

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

Shelly Ramos, Division Director
Curriculum

Attachments:
I. Statutory Citations (PDF, 16KB)
II. Text of 19 TAC §74.28, Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders (PDF, 20KB)

Separate Exhibit:
The Dyslexia Handbook – Revised 2014: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders
(to be provided at the July SBOE meeting)