Dyslexia and Related Disorders

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Purpose

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.

Dyslexia Handbook

The Texas Dyslexia Handbook is developed and adopted into administrative rule by the Texas State Board of Education. 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. 

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. LEAs were informed of these changes in a To The Administrator Addressed letter in September, 2021 so that they could be well positioned to be in compliance once the changes went into effect.

The updated Texas Dyslexia Handbook, linked below, is in effect as of February 10th, 2022. 

Texas Dyslexia Handbook 2021  

Appendix A - Dyslexia Handbook FAQ (Updated March 18, 2022) 

Additional appendices will be posted as they are finalized and become available. 

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.

 

Dyslexia Resources