Dyslexia

Helping your students with dyslexia succeed.

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Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate/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 IDA Board, November 12, 2002)

Please note: House Bill 3928 was passed by the 88th Texas Legislature (Regular Session) and impacts dyslexia evaluation, identification, and instruction. While the agency works to update the necessary materials, be aware that the law is effective immediately. The State Board of Education's proposed timeline for its required changes will be communicated as that timeline is determined and communicated to the agency.

The agency has created resources to assist with the implementation of HB 3928:

Per TEA:

At the April 12, 2024 State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the SBOE approved for second reading and final adoption changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 74.28. Included as a figure in 19 TAC 74.28 is the SBOE’s Dyslexia Handbook. While the final rule and accompanying figure will be filed with the Texas Register in accordance with the typical rulemaking calendar, the agency is posting the handbook that was adopted so that the community can begin to review it. The handbook contains unique formatting required for the rulemaking process, typically reflected by single underlined text that reflects text at first reading, and double underlined text to reflect changes from first reading to second reading. Deleted text is indicated by the strikethrough format in bracketed text. Note that this is NOT to be considered the official handbook until it is posted in the Texas Register, which will be communicated to stakeholders. Additionally, the agency resources below, including the HB 3928 FAQs, will be revised soon to reflect the board’s decisions. View the 2024 handbook.

Additional Resources:

Information for Parents:

Information on Audiobook Programs:

Online Dyslexia Course:

TEA Learn’s dyslexia course is FREE and consists of four modules that include training regarding new research and practices in educating students with dyslexia.

  • Module 1: Learn more about what dyslexia is and how it impacts student learning.
  • Module 2: Explore effective schoolwide practices for the identification and support of students with dyslexia.
  • Module 3: Learn more about how to support students with dyslexia in the classroom through systematic, explicit, and evidence-based instruction designed to meet the needs of students with dyslexia.
  • Module 4: Reflect on your learning, create a personal action plan, and review resources.

View TEALearn Dyslexia