Fort Bend ISD believes that all children can learn. To this end, we provide dyslexia services at all FBISD campuses through elementary reading specialists or secondary reading specialists and secondary reading improvement teachers. Individuals with dyslexia can and do learn how to read and write with adequate support systems and proper instruction.
Not all reading problems are dyslexia. Therefore, in order to correctly identify and provide appropriate instruction to students who struggle with reading, the following procedure is used in FBISD.
Step I - Reading Difficulties
Response to Instruction/Intervention (RtI)
- Gather data from teachers and parents
- Convene an Instructional Support Team (IST) meeting
- Eliminate poor vision, hearing, ineffective reading instruction, or other conditions that might be the root cause of reading difficulties
- Provide struggling readers with early intervention and chart student progress
- If reading interventions prove ineffective, then consider dyslexia testing
Step II - Dyslexia Testing
- Are there difficulties with phonological awareness and/or rapid naming?
- Are there any other indicators of possible dyslexia?
- Should we proceed to formal testing?
- Are there difficulties with single word decoding in isolation (sounding out words in a list)?
- Are there difficulties with reading fluency (slow, labored reading)?
- Are there issues with spelling (although spelling alone is not sufficient)?
- Are there additional difficulties with vocabulary or comprehension?
- Are these difficulties unexpected relative to the students areas of strength?
- What is the level of the student's listening comprehension and non verbal IQ?
Step III - Report Results of Formal Testing
- to a 504 Committee -or-
- to an ARD Committee
- determine eligibility