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One Killeen Independent School District parent is saying her child is being underserved and the child’s Individual Education Plan, or IEP, is not being followed by the district’s special education program.

Parent Stephanie Moody has filed a complaint with the Texas Education Agency and her daughter’s principal alleging the education plan for her daughter — Samantha, a general education student who suffers from dyslexia and other learning disabilities — contains more than 20 mistakes, up to and including a lack of occupational therapy goals.

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Guppie5

Unfortunately, I am going to continue to disagree that KISD is not in compliance. Cited from Wilson, "For over 30 years, Wilson has worked collaboratively with school districts to implement achievable and sustainable plans for teacher and student success. We have trained nearly 220,000 teachers across all 50 states. Approximately, 25,000 are Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I certified." Based on that, only a little over 11% of the population would be in compliance. If Wilson felt that the program could not be implemented with fidelity unless level 1 certified, then why provide the option of the three-day training? Why not that be a requirement of the program? I am not saying more training isn't better, of course, it would be, but I don't feel the lesser equates to non-compliance. Wilson also states, "For continued development, teachers may want to pursue WRS Level I Certification and WRS Level II Certification." Again, the word "MAY" is used in their language. What is left out of this discussion is the issue of human capital. As the mother of a dyslexic daughter myself, I know first hand that the learning and movement through the program are also heavily dependent on my child's own initiative. She did not like to read, avoid reading, and did everything in her power to get by without reading. Thankfully, she was surrounded by some GREAT teachers that, while implementing the Wilson Program, also focused on learning her interests, building her up, encouraging her, and reminding her that she wasn't stupid. Did she complete the program in the Wilson Quoted average amount of time? No, but she wasn't average in her interest or motivation. However, she has passed every one of her STAAR tests and EOCs. I would take a caring teacher without level 1 certification over an uncaring level 1 certified teacher any day! Although the Wilson program moved her along at her rate of readiness, it was the teachers that helped her succeed.

Guppie5

Makes me Wonder, As you referenced I. Your post “should be” which differs from “must”. This is the recommendation of the Wilson program. However the language they use is “should” which indicates not a requirement. Also as you stated from the Dyslexia handbook, implementing the program by someone trained. KISD teachers are trained in the Wilson program which therefore compliance is met. Going to disagree! KISD is in compliance with TEA! And I agree that Wilson would like them certified because they (Wilson) could make a TON of money!

Makes me wonder

Good Morning Guppie5, I read what you wrote and your right it does state ‘ should be” which does differ from “must” and The Dyslexia Handbook does also state trained which you would be correct again. So, what I am gathering here is that Killeen teachers are trained in the Wilson program which is great if they were in a different state other than Texas. Anyone can take the three-day prerequisites for the WLS Certification One and be able to say they are trained in the Wilson Reading program. Yet, Wilson states also to teach it with fidelity, you need to be certified in at least level one certification. In Texas, any reading program used for children with dyslexia must be research-based, trained, and taught with fidelity. Now for Killeen ISD to be in compliance with TEA any teacher teaching the Wilson Reading program for dyslexic children needs to teach Wilson Reading program with fidelity and to do that dyslexia teacher “must” have a level one certification. So I would disagree with you and say Killeen ISD is not in compliance with TEA because the program is not taught fidelity.

Guppie5

I never post comments, but reading fake news gets old! 1). Special education teachers don’t have to be certified in the program. Not even dyslexia teachers have to be certified in the program! 2). Why would the newspaper put this out before getting a response from either sources? Seems intentionally misleading!

Makes me wonder

Hey Guppie5! I agree with you about how not all special education teachers should be certified in the dyslexia program. The only ones that truly need to certified are dyslexia instructors who are teaching the Wilson Reading Program. Killeen ISD uses the Wilson Reading Program for children who are found to have dyslexia in the district. I know this because I like Ms. Moody have a child who has dyslexia in the district. So since the district uses the Wilson Reading program the Wilson website states, In order to ensure the delivery of WRS with fidelity, instructors should hold at least a WRS Level I Certification. The training involved in achieving this certification provides teachers with the knowledge and application skills they need to implement the program with fidelity to maximize student achievement. This would be in compliance with The Dyslexia Handbook 2018 TEA that states on page 39 of the handbook: Standard protocol dyslexia instruction must be • Evidence-based and effective for students with dyslexia • Taught by an appropriately trained instructor; and • Implemented with fidelity. So you would be correct to say that not all dyslexia teacher need to be certified in a program but incorrect to say that dyslexia instructors do not need to be certified in Killeen ISD. Unfortunately for Killeen ISD, the dyslexia instructors, that are teaching in the Killeen ISD are not n compliance with the Dyslexia Handbook 2018 TEA teaching the Wilson program with fidelity. If the dyslexia instructors were in compliance each would have a WRS Certification level one for the school year of 2018-2019 and as far as I know, no one had one!

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