• Dyslexia Universal Screener 2021-2022

  • WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SCREEN FOR DYSLEXIA?

    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)

    WHO WILL PARTICIPATE AND HOW?

    All Kindergarten and First grade students will participate. The testing window for first grade opens January 10 and closes January 28th, 2022.

    WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED AND WHEN? 

    Date/Window

    Activity

    January 10 - January 28

    First Grade Screening Implementation Window

    All first-grade students will complete the Renaissance Star Early Literacy Screener.  Testing must be completed by January 28th, 2022.

    January 18 OR January 19

    Required Training for Campus IAT/Dyslexia Administrators/Dyslexia Interventionists

    Dyslexia Screening Protocols Training: Participants will engage in a decision-making simulation and implement the Houston ISD protocols for dyslexia screening and placement. OneSource Course ID# 1443754

    Training Flyer

    January 10 - March 11

    Dyslexia Screening Meetings Completed by March 11, 2022

    Campuses will review Dyslexia Risk Roster and implement the dyslexia screening protocols to review student data and make decisions about the need for student intervention and/or evaluation referral.

    All meetings will be completed by March 11th.

     April - June 2022

    Kindergarten Screening Implementation Window

    April 28 - June 1 - Texas KEA

    May - June 10th 

    Dyslexia Screening Meetings Completed by June 10, 2022 

    Campuses will review Dyslexia Risk Roster and implement the dyslexia screening protocols to review student data and make decisions about the need for student intervention and/or evaluation referral.

    All meetings will be completed by June 10th, 2022.

     

    HOW DO I ACCESS THE ASSESSMENTS?

     

    Star Early Literacy Screener

    Visit the Renaissance Formative Assessment Webpage for administration on the Star Early Literacy Screener

    Access the Star Early Literacy Screener: www.houstonisd.org/screener

    The Star Early Literacy Screener will be administered according to the student assessment calendar:

    • All First-Grade students will be screened by January 28th, 2022
    • Dyslexia Team Leaders will monitor campus participation rates and provide weekly updates.

    Please visit the Renaissance Formative Assessment website for more information about the administration for the Star Early Literacy Screener

     

     

    WHO DO I CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS AND SUPPORT?

    Contact Information

    For Technical Issues:

    For technical issues with administration of the Renaissance Star Early Literacy Screener, 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:

    Elementary Schools Office 1 - Jennifer Martin, Jennifer.Martin@houstonisd.org

    Elementary Schools Office 2 - Chelsea St. Julien - CSTJULIE@houstonisd.org

    Elementary Schools Office 3 - Norma Jean Lasley, Norma.Lasley@houstonisd.org

    Middle Schools Office - Geneva Harris-Hatton, Geneva.HarrisHatton@houstonisd.org

    High Schools Office - Donnette Williams, Donnette.Williams@houstonisd.org

    Achieve 180 Schools Office - Mallary Lattanze, MLATTANZ@houstonisd.org

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?

  • Who should be invited to attend an IAT meeting?