Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological 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. - The International Dyslexia AssociationProgram Procedures
Hutto ISD Dyslexia Program
The Hutto ISD Dyslexia Department, in partnership with parents, teachers and administrators, will provide all eligible students with research-based, multisensory, and explicit instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Contact information for Dyslexia services.
Dyslexia Program Goals:
Hutto ISD strives to have an exemplary dyslexia program for students enrolled in grades K–12. Through the MTSS process, HISD monitors students on a regular basis utilizing formal and informal observations, student data and other assessments including but not limited to TEA approved dyslexia screener, reading instruments, curriculum-based assessments, benchmarks, teacher formal and informal assessments, and standardized testing. Pursuant to the TEA’s Dyslexia Handbook, Revised 2018, students being referred for consideration of dyslexia should have demonstrated an appropriate age/ grade level and have received appropriate instruction in reading, including but not limited to an accelerated reading program as required by the state. Students who exhibit characteristics of dyslexia should be referred to and considered for a dyslexia evaluation after formal reading instruction has taken place pursuant to TEC §28.006.
Our district is committed to the development and implementation of a dyslexia program that addresses both the Texas Education Code at §38.003 and the Texas Administrative Code at §74.28.
The goals of the district dyslexia program include:
● Screen, refer and evaluate students in grades K – 12 who may be at-risk of dyslexia and related disorders;
● Provide instructional program options for students identified with dyslexia and related disorders;
● Provide staff development that includes:
○ Characteristics of dyslexia
○ Assessment of dyslexia
○ Intervention strategies and accommodations
● Provide a parent education program that includes:
○ Notification of Procedural Safeguards and Rights
○ Awareness of the characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders
○ Information on testing and the educational diagnosis of dyslexia
○ Information about effective strategies and options for parents to use at home to effectively communicate and help their child with dyslexia and related disorders
○ Information about the audiobooks program maintained by the State Library and Archives Commission
○ Information on state assessment accommodations and/or accommodations allowed for post-secondary testing.Dyslexia Information Links