Dyslexia and Related Disorders
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. In addition to this page, information is available through the State Dyslexia Coordinator, ESC Dyslexia Network Coordinator, the dyslexia contacts at each of the 20 regional education service centers and the helpline. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this page.
The State Board of Education (SBOE) on November 16, 2018, gave final approval to updates to The Dyslexia Handbook—2018 Update: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook). The updates address recent legislative changes and clarify processes regarding identification and services for students, including students with dysgraphia. The updated Dyslexia Handbook is effective immediately.
The handbook contains guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. In addition, information regarding the state's dyslexia statutes and their relation to various federal laws is included.
Dyslexia and Related Disorders Reporting Study
In 2013, House Bill (HB) 1264 added Texas Education Code, §42.006, to require school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to report the number of students enrolled who are identified as having dyslexia through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). HB 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, transferred the requirement from TEC, §42.006 to new TEC, §48.009.
In an effort to better understand the reporting procedures used by districts and open-enrollment charter schools with regard to the PEIMS dyslexia indicator as well as to determine whether the guidance provided to districts is sufficient to ensure that students with dyslexia and related disorders are correctly reported, TEA contracted with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct a study of dyslexia reporting. Results of the study are available at the link below.
- House Bill 3 Dyslexia Allotment Spending Guidance
- Dyslexia PEIMS Coding Overview
- Frequently Asked Questions: Dyslexia and Related Disorders - January 2021
- Texas State Dyslexia Requirements Worksheet
- Webinar: Dyslexia and Related Disorders in the IEP
- Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia in the IEP Guidance Document
- Dyslexia and Related Disorders in the IEP (PowerPoint)
Division of Special Education Programs
Michelle Reeves M.Ed., LDT, CALT
State Dyslexia Coordinator
Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
ESC Dyslexia Contacts (PDF, 89KB)
Additional Dyslexia Resources (outside source)
State Dyslexia Helpline (800) 232-3030