Dyslexia Assessment Process
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional orgin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunities.
What does the school do to ensure that my child may/may not have dyslexia?
Texas Legislature requires that all kindergarten students at the end of the school year and all 1st graders in the middle of the school year are to be screened for dyslexia. It also requites all student beyond 1st grade to be screened or tested as appropriate.
Why is it important that my child is screened for dyslexia?
If the achievement gap between dyslexic and typical readers is to be narrowed, or even closed, reading interventions must be implemented early, when children are still developing the basic foundation for reading. Implementing effective reading programs early offers the potential to close the achievement gap between dyslexic and typical readers.
If my child is being screened does that mean they are being tested for dyslexia?
Students that are screened for dyslexia are not being tested for dyslexia. This just means that these students are “red flagged” as students to keep an eye on that possible full dyslexia testing may be needed.
When will a full dyslexia evaluation be needed?
A full dyslexia evaluation may be needed if a student is not making progress with adequate instruction. A team of the students parents, teachers, and dyslexia teacher will decide if a full evaluation is needed.
What is the process for a full dyslexia evaluation?
First and foremost the parents will have to give permission for their child to be tested for dyslexia. The parent also has the right to choose whether their child is solely tested for dyslexia or if they would like to have a full range of testing done to ensure there are not other underlying issues. When the decision has been made as to what type of testing will be done, the process for testing will begin.