Talking Books

  • Senate Bill 2075
    Senate Bill (SB) 2075 requires school districts to notify the parents or guardians of students determined, on the basis of dyslexia screening or reading instrument results to have dyslexia or a related disorder, or to be at risk for dyslexia or other reading difficulties, to have access to the Talking Book Program (TBP) maintained by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The TBP provides students with reading disabilities the ability to borrow audiobooks free of charge and includes over 100,000 titles, hundreds of which are in Spanish.

    Additionally, SB 2075 requires the TEA to

    • effectively audit, monitor, and periodically conduct site visits of all school districts to ensure that districts are complying with this requirement, including the program approved by the SBOE;
    • identify any problems school districts experience in complying with the requirements, including the program approved by the SBOE under this section; and 
    • develop reasonable and appropriate remedial strategies to address school district noncompliance.

    Along with existing materials accessible through the TEA website, the agency will develop high-quality resources, including minimum-standards guidelines and best practice frameworks regarding dyslexia screening and treatment. Auditing and monitoring as described in SB 2075 will be conducted by the Office of Special Populations and Monitoring. Additional guidance will be provided over the next two years regarding such procedures.

     

    Talking Book Application - English

    Talking Book Application - Spanish