All students suspected of having dyslexia or a related disorder are referred for a Full Individual and Initial Evaluation (FIIE) through the Special Education Deparment. Parents have the option of providing informed, written consent for this evaluation or declining to provide consent, in which case the District will offer to complete the evaluation consistent with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Regardless of which type of dyslexia evaluation is conducted, parents must provide informed consent in writing before the evaluation for dyslexia or related disorders can begin. Students in any grade level are eligible for testing.
Staff will complete testing that follows the guidelines from the Texas Dyslexia Handbook, the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), and - if appropriate - Section 504 guidelines. Data such as formal testing measures, family history, grade history, parent and teacher input, state assessment scores, informal assessment data, etc. will be collected. All data is compiled into a report that is then considered by the Admission, Review, and Dismissal committee or, if appropirate, by the 504 Committee.
A 504 or ARD committee meeting will be scheduled and held at the student's attending campus. At this meeting (which is attended by a group of persons knowledgeable about the student, including parents), all data will be considered and a determination of placement and services will be made.