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Structured Literacy New Mexico

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Structured Literacy New Mexico 2022-03-29T06:54:50-06:00

At the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year, the New Mexico Public Education Department launched a state-wide literacy initiative, Structured Literacy New Mexico. This initiative is focused on identifying struggling readers before they fail and supporting teachers through the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. Our intention is to increase the number of students achieving reading proficiency and reducing the number of students requiring special education services.

Structured literacy is an umbrella term used to describe evidence-based approaches for helping students learn to read and write proficiently. Structured Literacy combines a proven effective system for teaching reading with what brain science tells us is happening in the brain as we learn to read – it involves a dynamic, multi-sensory approach to learning. Research shows structured literacy approaches benefit all students and are especially effective for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Important Structured Literacy Materials

Structured Literacy Memo June 3, 2021
Southwest International Dyslexia Association
Structured Literacy – Family Guide: School Requirements & Dyslexia Screening
Historical Superintendent Information
Additional Screener Guidance
Implementation Webinar PDF
The Science of Reading for Emergent Bilinguals in New Mexico

Dyslexia Handbook

The 2020 New Mexico Dyslexia Handbook: A guide to teaching ALL students to read through structured literacy is a document that provides New Mexico educators with guidelines for academic instruction for students with characteristics of dyslexia. The dyslexia handbook will provide current scientific-based information concerning dyslexia, identification of characteristics of dyslexia, identification of the specific components for appropriate multi-sensory, systematic, explicit language-based reading programs, considerations for English learners, in addition to general education and special education accommodations and classroom strategies.

New Mexico Dyslexia Handbook 2020 (PDF)

Structured Literacy and Dyslexia 101 Course on Canvas

The CANVAS Literacy Course catalog includes the Structured Literacy and Dyslexia 101 professional development, supplemental materials including discussion questions, bridge-to-practice guidance, webinar links and recordings, and instructional videos for department-approved screeners. Once you click the link below, type literacy in the search bar to find all courses.

Structured Literacy Courses


The LETRS course of study provides PreK–third grade educators with a deeper understanding of the science of reading and evidence-based strategies to support all students, particularly those who experience reading challenges. Upon completion of the LETRS coursework, participants will be able to:

  • Identify reading difficulties and differentiate accordingly
  • Articulate the science behind how the brain learns to read
  • Implement research-validated strategies
  • Assess the effectiveness of instructional resources

LETRS Structured Literacy New Mexico

Legislation: 22-13-32 NMSA 1978
Rule: 6.30.17 NMAC
Page last updated March 29, 2022