Bowie ISD Special Programs

Information about BISD Special Programs

Bowie ISD Special Programs

"In this presentation, you will find resources to help explain the Special Education, GT, ESL, Dyslexia, and 504 special programs. Should you have any questions about these programs or your child's eligibility for or participation in these programs, please contact your child's campus administrator or Bowie ISD Special Programs Director, Christie Walker at Thank you!"
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IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is the collection of federal regulations for special education that ensures a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities that attend public schools. IDEA requires that each public school provide services to eligible special education students in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and in accordance with each student’s individualized education program (IEP).

Parent Resource for Students in SPED

A Texas Education Aagency webpage with resources for students in Special Education.

I.D.E.A. English Version

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

I.D.E.A. Spanish Version

Individuals with Disabilites Education Act

M.T.T.S. (RTI) English Version

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support - Formerly RTI

M.T.T.S. (RTI) Spanish Version

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support - Formerly RTI

Bowie ISD meets the State Plan and strives to develop students of character who are inspired and equipped for high academic excellence at local, state, and national levels. As students matriculate, they will produce sophisticated meaningful products in preparation for higher education success.
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ESL-English as a Second Language

School districts in Texas are required by state law to assess the English language proficiency of all students whose Home Language Survey indicates that the home language is a language other than English.

If a child demonstrates limited English proficiency on the assessment, s/he will be eligible for enrollment in the appropriate language program: bilingual education or English as a Second Language (ESL).

The goal of both programs is to enable English language learners to become competent in the reading, listening, speaking, and writing of the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in grade level content areas.

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Bowie ISD provides specialized instructional support to students who have been identified as dyslexic. Dyslexia manifests in difficulties with phonemic awareness, decoding, reading fluency or spelling. In most cases, these difficulties are unexpected given the student's cognitive abilities.

The Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia as a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.

If a student with reading difficulties does not respond to instructional interventions, the student's teacher will contact the parents to get input regarding the student's academic and socio-emotional development. If it is determined that the child should be formally assessed for dyslexia, the parents will be informed of their rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and parental consent to assess will be obtained.*

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Dyslexia in Texas

What? Who? How?

What is 504?

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met.
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Postsecondary Information