A new “To The Administrator Addressed Correspondence” letter has been posted on the TEA website:
February 26, 2018
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Responsibilities and Timelines Regarding Parent Requests for Special Education Evaluations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Texas Education Code (TEC), and the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).
In late 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) initiated visits to Texas to learn about referral, child find, and evaluation practices within the state’s special education system. On January 11, 2018, OSEP released a final monitoring report detailing its findings1
The purpose of this letter is to:
1. Provide a brief overview of OSEP’s findings
2. Articulate and confirm obligations mandated under IDEA
3. Provide information related to TEA’s next steps
TEA has posted some new documents at https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED/ that provide additional information. We have not reviewed it all yet, but would direct your attention first to the presentation to the state special education directors from their recent meeting in Austin – TCASE Special Education Update presented on 2/20/2018. It gives more information on their plans involving ESCs.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has extended the comment deadline for its online survey soliciting feedback on a draft corrective action plan for special education. The online survey period will now run through Tuesday, Feb.20.
At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, TEA drafted an initial corrective action plan regarding the support and delivery of special education services in the state’s public schools. The initial draft addresses all issues identified in a recent federal monitoring report, including the proper identification of special education students and assuring access to appropriate services at the local level.
The survey, which is available on the TEA website (https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED), is open to anyone wishing to provide input on the draft plan. It is one part of TEA’s ongoing outreach effort to hear from special education students, families, educators, advocacy groups, district and school officials, and all others seeking to provide input on the plan.
The survey takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. To fully understand and effectively respond to the questions in the survey, participants are encouraged to first read TEA’s draft corrective action plan.
Following this initial round of public comments, a revised draft plan will be available in early March. Additional public comment will be accepted through March 31.
To review the draft plan, visit the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED.
View the original TEA news release >