• Dyslexia Universal Screener 2022-23


    In 2017, the 85th Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 1886, amending Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003, Screening and Treatment for Dyslexia, to require that all kindergarten and first-grade public school students be screened for dyslexia and related disorders.

    Early identification of students with dyslexia along with corresponding early intervention programs for these students will have significant implications for their future academic success.

    • Early identification is critical because the earlier the intervention, the easier it is to remediate.
    • Inexpensive screening measures identify at-risk children in mid-kindergarten with 85 percent accuracy.
    • If intervention is not provided before the age of eight, the probability of reading difficulties continuing into high school is 75 percent (pp. 279–280).

    -Straight Talk about Reading, Hall and Moats (1999)



    All kindergarten and first-grade public school students are to be screened for dyslexia and related disorders, according to the Texas Legislature. The testing window for first-grade assessment is January 17th - January 31st, 2023. HISD will use the Renaissance 360: STAR Early Literacy (Ren360) assessment tool. The testing window for kindergarten assessment is April 24th - May 26th, 2023, and HISD will use the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA).

    Badge 1 outline

    The dyslexia administrator will oversee the pre-screening process of all students flagged as being at-risk for dyslexia or other related disorders: Dyslexia Screening Task Card

    • Download and utilize the Dyslexia At-Risk sql report in HISD Connect, refer to the Dyslexia At-Risk Roster task card for assistance. Separate students coded '2' into three categories and notify the necessary parties of their respective students.
    • Send home the parent notification letter and appropriate assessment report to all students flagged. Please include a parent input form of those to be reviewed by the PLC.
    • Data will be gathered according to the Dyslexia Data Checklist for a Professional Learning Committee (PLC) to review
    • Develop a PLC committee that should consist of an administrator, IAT Liaison, campus-based staff trained in dyslexia (interventionist or administrator), and screening grade-level teachers.  Section 504 Coordinator is optional for the meeting. The meeting will be facilitated by the dyslexia administrator using the recommended Dyslexia Guiding Questions document to guide the data discussion with the committee and to identify areas of concern.

    Badge outline

    Meeting Protocols 

    At the meeting, review the teacher input forms, grades, intervention, and progress monitoring (PM) data, district-level assessments   (CIRCLE, TX-KEA, HFW, etc.) for all students flagged from the Dyslexia Screening report. 

    Badge 3 outline

    Complete the Dyslexia Committee Review Forms

    Review the following criteria below to help determine the next steps and complete the following document for each student that was flagged on the Dyslexia Screening report.  Dyslexia Committee review documentation form 

    Badge 4 outline

    Complete IAT Meetings

    IAT meetings need to be completed by their respective due dates. Follow the IAT process. Complete the parent/guardian invite, teacher referral letter, IAT intervention plan, and finalize the summary of response request for evaluation (RFE). Please complete the following documentation for the students referred to IAT after the final decision has been made. IAT Referral documentation form 



    Date(s) / Window


    September 2, 2022

    Complete PLCs for Kindergarten 2022 Screener

    October 14, 2022

    Complete IAT Meetings for Kindergarten 2022 Screener

    January 13, 2023  

    Required Training for Campus IAT/Dyslexia Administrators/Dyslexia Interventionists

    January 17 - 31, 2023

    First-Grade Screening Implementation Window

    February 17, 2023

    First Grade Committee PLC Meetings for At-Risk First Graders 

    March 10, 2023

    First Grade 2023 IAT Meetings Completed by March 10, 2023

    April 20, 2023    

    Submission of KEA Training Certificates 

    April 24 - May 26, 2023 

    Kindergarten Screening Implementation Window

    September 3, 2023

    Complete PLCs for Kindergarten 2023 Screener  




    For Technical Issues:

    Please contact the service desk at 713-892-SERV (7378) or send an email to servicedesk@houstonisd.org

    For Questions About Dyslexia Screening and Referral, Contact your Dyslexia Team Leader.


Dyslexia Screening and Referral

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is required to be screened for dyslexia?

  • Should students in kindergarten and first grade who receive special education or Section 504 services be screened for dyslexia using the K/1 dyslexia screener under TEC §38.003?