Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia and related disorders in the following way:

”Dyslexia” means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.

”Related Disorders” include disorders similar to or related to dyslexia, such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphasia, specific developmental dyslexia, developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.

TEC §38.003(d)(1)-(2)(1995)


The International Dyslexia Association defines “dyslexia” in the following way:

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 language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision 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.

Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors

November 12, 2002


Evaluation and Identification of Dyslexia

The Dyslexia Handbook - 2024 Update streamlines the process for identification of dyslexia and clarifies that anytime the district suspects that the student has dyslexia or a related disorder, the district must seek parental consent for a Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE) under the IDEA.

Child Find is a provision in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law that requires the state to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that every student in the state who needs special education and related services is located, identified, and evaluated. The purpose of the IDEA is to ensure that students with disabilities are offered a free and appropriate public education (20 U.S.C. §1400(d); 34 C.F.R. §300.1). Because a student suspected of having dyslexia may be a student with a disability under the IDEA, the Child Find mandate includes these students. Therefore, when referring and evaluating students suspected of having dyslexia, LEAs must follow procedures for conducting a full individual and initial evaluation (FIIE) under the IDEA. (see flowchart below - The Dyslexia Handbook, 2024 Update)

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Detroit ISD Dyslexia Staff

Amy Bolton, CALT


Melissa Gibson, CALT



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Prairiland ISD Dyslexia Staff

Leslie Cashion


Dee Hawkes


Allie Blount



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Rivercrest ISD Dyslexia Staff

Krista Knelsen


Marla Ballard



WRRSSA Dyslexia Coordinator

Della Blanton


903-674-2244 ext. 7006

WRRSSA Assistant Dyslexia Coordinator

Paige Crawford


903-674-2244 ext. 7006