State Laws and Guidelines
Knowing your state’s laws that govern support for students with dyslexia is critical for both the educator and parent. In 2010, New Mexico passed HB 230, a law that requires school districts to recognize dyslexia as a Specific Learning Disability, which means educating (1) diagnosticians to recognize dyslexia’s characteristics and (2) educators to receive training in how to prevent and/or remediate dyslexia. This law led to the inclusion of dyslexia in the NM TEAMS Manual in July 2011, a manual that set guidelines for diagnosticians and was updated in 2017. See the Differential Diagnosis for Dyslexia on pages 297-298.
Since all testing for Special Education services is based on the Response to Intervention model established by the Re-Authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-2004), the NM RTI Manual is included on this website. This manual is general in its explanation – not specific to dyslexia – but it’s a good introduction to the RTI process.
The Dyslexia Handbook published by the Texas Education Agency is a comprehensive reference for all those living in Texas. While its guidelines relate only to residents of Texas, the breadth of information in this handbook makes it invaluable to all.
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