Dyslexia

Killeen ISD provides specialized instructional support to students who have been identified as dyslexic. Dyslexia manifests in difficulties with phonemic awareness, decoding, reading fluency or spelling. In most cases, these difficulties are unexpected given the student's cognitive abilities.

The Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia as a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.

If you suspect that your child may be dyslexic, or if you have further questions regarding the district's dyslexia program, contact your child's teacher. You may also contact one of the district's specialists.

*If the student is being assessed as part of a special education evaluation or is already served in special education and a dyslexia evaluation is being requested, IDEA due process procedures must be followed.

Dyslexia Identification

Identification of Dyslexia in the Killeen ISD follows procedures outlined under TAC §74.28. All decisions regarding the identification for dyslexia are made by a committee of knowledgeable persons. This committee is comprised of individuals such as: the classroom teacher, a dyslexia teacher, a counselor, an administrator, the parent, the school nurse, etc. The definitive decision in determining whether or not a student meets the district’s dyslexia/related eligibility criteria is made by the 504 or ARD/IEP Committee.

Parents are provided Procedural Safeguards during the assessment process through Section 504.*

Should the student be found to have dyslexia, an Individual Intervention Plan is developed which includes the consideration of 504 accommodations and Dyslexia Program placement. The 504 plan is reviewed and updated annually and at any appropriate time. All accommodations listed on the Intervention Plan must be implemented routinely by the classroom teacher.

*If the student is being assessed as part of a special education evaluation or is already served in special education and a dyslexia evaluation is being requested, IDEA due process procedures must be followed.