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    The IDEC Mission

    IDEC will provide high quality evidence-based tier III reading intervention to students with dyslexia so that they can access their content area instruction, enjoy improved academic outcomes and fulfill their potential as learners and intellectuals.

    The IDEC Model
    IDEC is located at 26 sites across the district and serves approximately 800 students.    Through extensive professional development and coaching support, our teachers and paraprofessionals are equipped with the resources and expertise to address the needs of our district’s most impacted readers. These students require extended doses of highly structured tier III intervention that may extend beyond the scope of what many school sites are able to provide. 

    The IDEC instructional team works with students in small groups employing a diagnostic, explicit and systematic structured literacy approach.  IDEC students attend intervention 4-5 days of the week from 60 to 120 minutes. They undergo regular progress monitoring to ensure the efficacy of the intervention being provided.  Students may remain in the program for several semesters as they develop decoding skills, build reading fluency and receive support in utilizing the assistive technology that  may be required to address ongoing difficulties accessing grade level reading materials.

    IDEC Candidates
    IDEC candidates have specific learning disabilities and exhibit one or more of the following characteristics of dyslexia:

      • Difficulty decoding words
      • Difficulty spelling words
      • Poor oral reading fluency
      • Difficulty with phonemic awareness tasks
      • Difficulty with grade level reading and writing tasks

    IDEC Referral Process
    IDEC Referral Process

Request for Student Screening for IDEC

Please be sure to review our student selection guidelines. Students that participate in IDEC instruction must meet the following criteria: 

  • A current or In Process IEP
  • Is currently on the General Education curriculum
  • Be currently in 2nd grade to 7th grade
  • Scored consistently in the intensive range on reading, decoding and/or word attack on periodic assessment measures
  • Has Not MET ELA standards on SBAC state-wide testing


For LAUSD Employees Only
Follow this link to request a student screening for a student NOT attending a school site that has an IDEC Center. 

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For LAUSD Employees Only
Follow this link to request a student screening for a student case in Informal Dispute Resolution, Mediation or Due Process. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (Bilingual)

What is IDEC? 
IDEC provides targeted reading support for students in special education using a scientific approach to literacy intervention.

¿Qué es IDEC?
IDEC provee apoyo de lectura dirigido para estudiantes en educación especial utilizando un enfoque científico a la intervención de alfabetización.  

How are students identified for the IDEC program?
Students with significant needs in the area of foundational reading skills (i.e. phonological awareness, word identification), are recommended to IDEC by their IEP team.

¿Cómo son identificados los estudiantes para el programa IDEC?
Los estudiantes con necesidades significativas en el área de lectura básica (ex: conciencia fonológica, identificación de palabras) son recomendados a IDEC por el equipo de IEP. 

How long do students stay in IDEC?
Participation in IDEC is determined by students need. On average, students may require anywhere from 1-4 semesters of intensive support.

¿Cuánto tiempo permanecen los estudiantes en IDEC? 
La participación en IDEC es determinada por lo que requieren los estudiantes. El promedio es de 1-4 semestres de apoyo intensivo.

How much time per day do students spend in IDEC?
Students attend IDEC for partial day,
ranging anywhere from 45-60 (Elem), 60-120 (Middle Sch.) minutes per day. Students spend the rest of their school day receiving math, science etc. in their appropriate educational setting with other school site staff.


¿Cuánto tiempo pasan los estudiantes en IDEC durante el día?
Los estudiantes asisten a la clase de IDEC parte del día, desde 60 a 90 minutos diarios. El resto del día los estudiantes reciben clase de matemáticas, ciencias, etc. en el entorno académico apropiado con otros maestros. 

What type of training does the IDEC staff have?
All teachers and staff have highly specialized training on scientific foundational literacy approaches for students with disabilities.

¿Qué tipo de capacitación recibe el personal de IDEC?
Todos los maestros y personal reciben una capacitación con enfoque científico en la lectura básica dirigida a los estudiantes con discapacidades. 

How many teachers and students will there be? 
A typical IDEC classroom consists of 1 teacher and 2 paraprofessionals. Student to teacher ratio is typically 4:1 to ensure high levels of support.

¿Cuántos maestros y estudiantes habrán?
Un salón de IDEC consiste de 1 maestro/a y 2 para-profesionales. Hay una proporción de 4:1 para mantener un alto nivel de apoyo intensivo.  

What programs will be used at the center?
IDEC utilizes science proven principles for students with learning disabilities. Different combinations of reading programs that align to those principles are utilized with students, depending on their individual needs.

¿Cuáles programas se utilizarán en el centro?
IDEC utiliza programas basados en los principios científicos para estudiantes con discapacidades en el aprendizaje. Se utilizan diferentes combinaciones de los programas de lectura que se alinean con esos principios, dependiendo del nivel individual de cada estudiante.  

Will students still receive Related Services?
Yes. All supports outlined in the students IEP will continue to be implemented. IDEC will replace foundational reading supports (i.e. word decoding, phonological awareness).

¿Continuarán recibiendo servicios afines los estudiantes?
Sí. Todo apoyo delineado en el IEP de los estudiantes seguirá siendo implementado. IDEC reemplazará apoyos de lectura básica (ej. descifrar palabras, conciencia fonológica). 

How will students progress be monitored ?
Each student's progress will be monitored bi-weekly. Students' progress will be reviewed during their IEP.

¿Cómo será monitoreado el progreso de los estudiantes?
El progreso de cada estudiante será monitoreado cada dos semanas. El progreso de los estudiantes será examinado durante la reunión de IEP. 

Will transportation be available? 
If the student is not at their school of residence, school to school transportation will be provided from their homeschool to the closest available IDEC center. Bus route offered should not exceed 90 minutes. Student fully enrolls at IDEC school site

¿Habrá transporte disponible?
Si el estudiante no está en su escuela de residencia, se proveerá transporte de la escuela de residencia a la escuela donde se encuentra el centro de IDEC. La ruta del autobús no debe de exceder 90 minutos.Los estudiantes se darán de baja de la escuela actual y se inscribirán en la escuela donde IDEC está situado para asistir al programa. 

IDEC Resources

Where are IDEC school sites located?
IDEC school sites are located at 26 school sites throughout the district from grades 1-8. 

Region East Schools
Elmentary: Monte Vista St., Gates St., Belvedere, Pacific Blvd., 4th St., Montara Ave.
Middle: Nightingale, Hollenbeck MS, Burbank, Clinton MS

Region North Schools
Elmentary: Napa St., Telfair Ave., Noble Ave.
Middle: Mt. Gleason, Sutter,  Madison 

Region South Schools
Elmentary: 135th St., De la Torre, Norwood St. 
Middle: Wilmington, Mann, Peary 

Region West Schools
Elmentary: Ramona, Marvin 
Middle: Twain, Virgil 

In collaboration with IDEC, CCEIS Accelerated Literacy Academy (ALA) sites include:
59th Street Elementary School, 109th Street Elementary School, The New Charles L. Drew Middle School, Bret Harte Middle School 


Recursos de IDEC (ESPAÑOL)

¿Dónde están ubicados los planteles escolares de IDEC?
Los sitios escolares de IDEC están ubicados en 26 sitios escolares en todo el distrito desde los grados 1-8.

Escuelas en Región Este
Escuela primaria: Monte Vista St., Gates St., Belvedere, Pacific Blvd., 4th St., Montara Ave.
Escuela secundaria: Nightingale, Hollenbeck MS, Burbank, Clinton MS

Escuelas en Región Norte 
Escuela primaria: Napa St., Telfair Ave., Noble Ave.
Escuela secundaria: Mt. Gleason, Sutter,  Madison 

Escuelas en Región Sur
Escuela primaria: 135th St., De la Torre, Norwood St. 
Escuela secundaria: Wilmington, Mann, Peary 

Escuelas en Región Oeste 
Escuela primaria: Ramona, Marvin 
Escuela secundaria: Twain, Virgil 


En colaboración con IDEC, los sitios de la Academia de alfabetización acelerada (ALA) de CCEIS incluyen:
Escuela Primaria 59th Street, Escuela Primaria 109th Street, Escuela Intermedia The New Charles L. Drew, Escuela Intermedia Bret Harte

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