Procedures for Assessment
Assessment for dyslexia will be recommended if a student demonstrates the following:
- Poor performance in one or more areas of reading and spelling that is unexpected for the student’s age/grade
- Characteristics and risk factors of dyslexia
Through the §504 process, Lubbock ISD will complete the evaluation using the following procedures:
- Notify parents/guardians of the proposal to assess student for dyslexia
- Inform parents/guardians of their rights under §504
- Obtain permission from parents/guardians to assess the student for dyslexia
- Assess the student, being sure that the individuals who administer assessments have training in the evaluation of students for dyslexia
1. Data Gathering
Collect academic history; samples of school work; teacher reports; parent reports; interventions/accommodations provided; classroom/state assessments; observations; outside evaluations; universal screening; attendance, and any other pertinent data.
2. Formal Assessment
Formal assessment includes both formal and informal data. All data will be used to determine whether the student demonstrates a pattern of evidence for dyslexia.
Domains to assess include:
- Academic skills – Letter knowledge, decoding, word recognition, fluency (rate and accuracy), spelling, and reading comprehension
- Cognitive processes – Phonological processing, rapid naming, and orthographic processing
- Additional areas – May include listening comprehension, vocabulary, handwriting, written expression
Questions to be considered when making a determination of dyslexia:
- Does the data show a pattern of low reading and spelling skills that is unexpected for the student in relation to the student’s other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction?
- Does this pattern indicate the student has dyslexia?
- Does the student have a disability under §504?