Information on Testing and Identification of Characteristics of Dyslexia and Related Disorders
If you suspect your child has dyslexia, contact your campus principal to request a meeting to review your child’s literacy progress. You may also request a special education evaluation. If your child is already receiving special education services, contact your child’s case manager or principal to request an evaluation for dyslexia. Also, review new guidance for families from the Texas Education Agency (TEA):
Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §38.003, all kindergarten and first-grade students in GISD are screened for dyslexia and related disorders. Kindergarten students are screened at the end of the school year and first-grade students are screened before January 31st. GISD uses MCLASS to meet the requirements of (TEC), §38.003, K/1 Dyslexia Screening. Screening results are shared with families. At this time, no instrument is available for screening for dysgraphia, nor is formal screening required.
To meet federal and state requirements, GISD provides timely evaluation and identification of students with dyslexia. Professionals conducting assessments (e.g. educational diagnosticians) to identify dyslexia look beyond scores on standardized assessments alone and examine the student’s classroom reading performance, educational history, and early language experiences as part of a comprehensive evaluation. Anytime your child’s school suspects a student has dyslexia or dysgraphia and needs services, the school must ask for parental consent to conduct a Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE) through special education. Evaluations through the special education process ensure that students eligible for special education services are identified and provided the support they need. Students are not evaluated without parental consent.