“Reading is the fundamental skill upon which all formal education depends. Research now shows that a child who doesn’t learn the reading basics early is unlikely to learn them at all. Any child who doesn’t learn to read early and well will not easily master other skills and knowledge and is unlikely to ever flourish in school or life.”— Moats, 1999
Texas has a long history of supporting the fundamental skill of reading. This history includes a focus on early identification and intervention for children who experience reading difficulties. In support of new dyslexia legislation passed by the Texas Legislature, the State Board of Education (SBOE) first approved the Texas Education Agency handbook Dyslexia and Related Disorders: An Overview of State and Federal Requirementsin January 1986.
The SBOE approved new guidelines called the Revised Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disordersin 1992, which were revised in 1998. The handbook was updated again in 2001 and was called The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders. The SBOE continued to stress the importance of using research-based strategies to prevent reading difficulties and provide appropriate instruction to struggling readers in November 2006 when The Dyslexia Handbook Revised 2007: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders was approved. In the summer of 2010, the need arose for an update of the handbook to include new legislation and additional research.
The Dyslexia Handbook—Revised 2014: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (The Dyslexia Handbook) is the result of new legislation passed in the 82nd and 83rd Legislative Sessions. The handbook contains the SBOE-approved procedures concerning dyslexia and related disorders. The Dyslexia Handbookprovides 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 these federal laws: the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 as amended in 2008 (§504), the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). This handbook replaces all previous handbooks and guidelines.
There are also designated consultants at each ESC available to assist district stakeholders with implementing state law and SBOE rules and procedures regarding dyslexia. Appendix D of this handbook contains information for the 20 regional education service centers. Or visithttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/regional_services/esc/.
In addition to The Dyslexia Handbook, resources include a State Dyslexia Network, a State Dyslexia Consultant, and a hotline (1-800-232-3030) at regional Education Service Center (ESC) 10.