Dyslexia Protocol Updates Unclear Days Before School Starts

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As they respond to a Department of Education investigation into the state’s special education practices, school districts and the Texas Education Agency are under the microscope this school year to correct mistakes that denied children educational services needed to succeed in school.

With the education of hundreds of thousands of special needs students at stake and the first day of school around the corner, a lack of consensus remains about how school districts need to define basic terms and protocol for students with dyslexia, the most common learning disability.

The TEA is preparing guidance for school districts to clarify some of the issues the DOE investigation raised. One advocate for dyslexic students said state-sponsored practices in the meantime have continued to muddy the waters about when general education interventions are appropriate and when Individuals with Disabilities Education Act protocols and protections are needed.

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