Frequently Asked Questions
The purpose of this information area is to answer frequently asked questions concerning how students who may exhibit characteristics of dyslexia are served within the FISD. The guidelines and procedures adopted have been designed to correlate to the identification and instruction of students with dyslexia and related disorders adopted by the State Board of Education in 1992, mandated by the state of Texas, and presented in The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders.
The Dyslexia Handbook was developed to satisfy two statutes and one rule addressing dyslexia and related disorders. Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia and related disorders, mandates testing students for dyslexia and providing instruction for students with dyslexia. It gives the State Board of Education authority to adopt rules and standards to administer testing and instruction. Furthermore, Chapter 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 74.28 outlines the responsibilities of districts as to delivery of services to students with dyslexia. In addition, Child Find is a provision of the 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. A student suspected of having dyslexia may be a student with a disability under IDEA; therefore, the Child Find mandate includes these students. When referring and evaluating students suspected of having dyslexia, school districts must follow procedures for conducting a Full Individual and Initial Evaluations under IDEA. Another federal law that applies to students with disabilities is Section § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which establishes assessment and evaluation standards and procedures for students. If a student’s dyslexia is determined to ‘substantially limit’ learning, then Section 504 procedures are followed.
FISD is committed to supporting all students to ensure educational success. Dyslexia support services are provided on all district campuses K-12.