The mission of the WISD Dyslexia Department is to provide all eligible students with dyslexia with the multi-sensory and phonological awareness skills necessary to compensate for deficiencies in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling, in order to nurture strong self-esteem and to provide opportunities to develop their talents.
Dyslexia Defined (click arrow to expand content)
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.
Dyslexia Program Goals
WISD strives to have an exemplary dyslexia program for students enrolled in grades K-12. Through a response to the intervention process, WISD monitors students on a regular basis utilizing formal and informal observations, student data, and other assessments including but not limited to DRA, ISIP, benchmarks, and/or curriculum-based measures.
WISD is committed to the development and implementation of a dyslexia program that addresses both the Texas Education Code § 38.006 and the Texas Administrative Code § 7.28.
Addressing WISD’s commitment, the following reflects the goals of the district dyslexia program:
- Identify, refer, and evaluate students in grades K-12 who may be demonstrating characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders;
- Provide instructional treatment 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:
- Awareness of the characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders
- Information on testing and educational diagnosis of dyslexia
- Information on effective strategies and options for parents to use at home to effectively communicate and help their child with dyslexia and related disorders
- Information on state assessment accommodations and/or accommodations allowed for post-secondary testing (PSAT/ACT/SAT)
Objective: all campuses, through a response to the intervention process, will identify students with dyslexia and related disorders and provide appropriate, individualized services.
Standard Protocol Dyslexia Instruction
- Instant Spelling Deck
- Instant Words
- New Learning
- Phonological Awareness I
- Phonological Awareness II
- Reading Deck