PTAA has implemented procedures for identifying and providing appropriate instructional services to students for dyslexia and related disorders.  These procedures shall were developed in accordance with the State Board of Education’s Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook). TEC 38.003. Screening and Treatment for Dyslexia and Related Disorders and 19 TAC 74.28.

PTAA students who may have dyslexia or a related disorder may be screened by professionals who are trained to assess students for dyslexia and related disorders.  The School will notify the student’s parent or guardian or another person standing in parental relation to the student before the assessment.

PTAA provides each identified student access at his or her campus to instructional programs and to the services of a teacher trained in dyslexia and related services.  The School may, with the approval of each student’s parents or guardians, offer additional services at a centralized location, so long as such centralized services do not preclude each student from receiving services at his or her campus. 

PTAA employs a reading program for students with dyslexia and related disorders that is aligned with the descriptors found in the Dyslexia Handbook

Teachers who screen and treat these students are trained in instructional strategies that utilize individualized, intensive, multi-sensory, phonetic methods and a variety of writing and spelling components described in the Dyslexia Handbook.  The professional development activities specified by each School and/or campus planning committee include these instructional strategies. 

 Parental Notifications

The School shall inform parents and guardians of students eligible under Section 504 0f all services and options available to the student under that law. See the 504 heading under the "Special Programs" tab for more information.

 Parent Education Program

The School provides a parent education program for parents and guardians of students with dyslexia and related disorders.  This program should include:  

  • Awareness of characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders;
  • Information on testing and diagnosis of dyslexia;
  • Information on effective strategies for teaching dyslexic students; and
  • Awareness of information on modification, especially modifications allowed on standardized testing.