CDE Dyslexia Program Guidelines Workgroup Information


Official Message from the Policy and Program Services Unit of the Special Education Division:

Assembly Bill 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.

The first meeting of these stakeholders occurs on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be Webcast live and can be viewed at

In addition, the CDE has created an Outlook mailbox through which the public can send questions or comments pertaining to the dyslexia guidelines. That e-mail address is If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Allison Smith, Education Programs Consultant, Special Education Division, by telephone at 916-319-0377 or by e-mail at

DDCA was told that the meetings will be recorded and archived for viewing at your own convenience.  They will be available by utilizing the link that was provided (above) and under the “archive” tab.