"Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin.  It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/ or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.  These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of effective classroom instruction.  Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."                             
  Adapted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors

Primary reading/spelling characteristics of dyslexia:
* Difficulty reading words in isolation
* Difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words
* Difficulty with oral reading (slow, inaccurate, or labored without prosody)
* Difficulty with spelling
* Often a family history of similar difficulties

State Requirements
* ALL students in kindergarten will be screened for dyslexia related disorders by the end of the school year.
* ALL students in first grade will be screened for dyslexia related disorders by January 31st of the school year. 

"Dyslexia screening is a tool for identifying children who are at risk for this learning disability, particularly in preschool, kindergarten or first grade.  This means that the screening does not "diagnose" dyslexia.  Rather, it identifies "predictor variables" that raise red flags, so parents and teachers can intervene early and effectively."
                -Richard Selznick, Dyslexia Screening Essential Concepts for Schools and Parents

Resources for Parents
Texas Education Agency, Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process
Texas Education Agency, SPEDTex Parent Rescources
Texas Education Agency, Dyslexia Fact Sheet
Texas Education Agency, IDEA Fact Sheet
Texas Dyslexia Handbook, 2021 Update
TalkingBookProgram/TSLAC
SPEDTex Helpline: 1-855-773-3839
State Dyslexia Helpline: 1-800-232-3030

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sharla Oliver at  936-410-4064  Director of Special Services