Dyslexia Screening

Texas state law (TEC §38.003) requires that public school students be screened and tested as appropriate for dyslexia and related disorders at appropriate times in accordance with a program approved by the SBOE. The program approved by the SBOE must include screening for each student at the end of the kindergarten year and then again during first grade.

Texas Education Code §38.003 does not explicitly state when first grade students must be screened. The SBOE, through approval of the rule which requires adherence to the Dyslexia handbook (TAC §74.28) has determined that students in first grade must be screened no later than the middle of the school year. Screening of first-grade students can begin anytime in the fall as the teacher deems appropriate. Grade 1 screening must conclude no later than January 31 of each year.

Each LEA is required to report information regarding the number of students enrolled in the LEA or school who are identified as having dyslexia in the Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)( (TEC §42.006(A-1)). The Department of Review and Support will engage in data validation in October of each year to ensure LEAs have met the required components of the dyslexia screening statute. 

At the conclusion of the data validation process, the TEA will provide correspondence to the LEA acknowledging compliance with dyslexia screening requirements and may request additional information.

Kindergarten screening must be completed by end of year. 1st grade screening must be completed by Jan 31.

 

Contact Information
Office of Special Populations and Monitoring
Department of Review and Support

Phone: (512) 463-9414
Monday-Friday (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Fax:(512) 463-9560
Email: ReviewandSupport@tea.texas.gov  

Office of Special Populations and Monitoring
Department of Special Education

Phone: (512) 463-9414
Monday-Friday (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Fax:(512) 463-9560
Email: sped@tea.texas.gov  

Special Education or IEP-Related Questions?

Consult SPEDTex, the Texas Special Education Information Center. This is a resource backed by TEA to inform and support parents, teachers, and anyone committed to the success of children with disabilities.

 


Phone: 1-855-SPEDTEX  (1-855-773-3839
Website: 
www.spedtex.org