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Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group

Information about the Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group members, archived meetings, current law, and related documents and organizations.
Background

Assembly Bill (AB) 1369, Statutes of 2015, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop and to complete in time for use no later than the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, program guidelines for dyslexia. The guidelines will be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services to pupils with dyslexia.

For purposes of writing the guidelines, the bill also requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to consult with teachers, school administrators, other educational professionals, medical professionals, parents, and other professionals involved in the identification and education of pupils with dyslexia. A list of currently established meeting dates is available below.

In addition, the CDE has created an e-mail box through which the public can send questions or comments pertaining to the dyslexia guidelines. That e-mail address is Dyslexia@cde.ca.gov.

The full text of AB 1369 is available on the California Legislative Information Web site External link opens in new window or tab..

The California Dyslexia Guidelines (PDF; 2MB; Updated 13-Oct-2017)
AB 1369, Statutes of 2015, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop program guidelines for dyslexia. The guidelines will be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess pupils with dyslexia, and to plan, provide, evaluate, and improve educational services to pupils with dyslexia.

The guidance contained in California Dyslexia Guidelines is not binding on local educational agencies or other entities. Except for the statutes, regulations, and court decisions that are referenced, the document is exemplary, and compliance with it is not mandatory. (See Education Code Section 33308.5.)

Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group Members
Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group Meeting Dates
  • April 21, 2016

  • May 19, 2016

  • July 20, 2016

  • September 29, 2016

  • November 18, 2016

  • January 17, 2017

  • March 24, 2017

A live webcast of the Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group is available on these dates.

Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group Meeting Agendas
Dyslexia Guidelines Work Group Archived Webcasts
Federal Guidance

Dear Colleague: Dyslexia Guidance letter External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) dated October 23, 2015, from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services on the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia and other conditions identified as specific learning disabilities.

Senate Resolution 275 External link opens in new window or tab. is a resolution calling on Congress, schools, and state and local educational agencies to recognize the significant educational implications of dyslexia that must be addressed and designating October 2015 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month".

Senate Resolution 576 External link opens in new window or tab. is a resolution calling on Congress, schools, and state and local educational agencies to recognize the significant educational implications of dyslexia that must be addressed and designating October 2016 as "National Dyslexia Awareness Month".

Organizations

Additional sources of information about educating students with dyslexia.

International Dyslexia Association External link opens in new window or tab.
According to its mission statement, the IDA is an association that actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics. It supports and encourages interdisciplinary research. It facilitates the exploration of the causes and early identification of dyslexia and is committed to the responsible and wide dissemination of research-based knowledge.

Decoding Dyslexia California External link opens in new window or tab.
According to its Web site, “Decoding Dyslexia CA is a grassroots movement driven by California families, educators and dyslexia experts concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities within our public schools.”

Questions:   Theresa Costa Johansen | Dyslexia@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4891
Last Reviewed: Friday, October 13, 2017