14 06, 2017

Texas Legislative Update for June 2017


Chuck Noe, PRN Education Specialist,  shares his insights on newly signed Texas legislation.  Please keep in mind that even though a bill is effective immediately, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) must go through the process of developing and posting rules before schools can begin implementing some of the laws. HB 657  An ARD committee (IEP team) may promote a student to the next grade level if the committee concludes that the student has made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals contained in the student’s IEP despite not passing the STAAR.  At the beginning of each school year, a district must [...]

Texas Legislative Update for June 20172017-06-30T15:07:33-05:00
14 06, 2017

Facilitated IEPs in Texas


In the last ten years, Texas has taken interest in the growing use of “facilitated IEPs” to assist in dealing with “difficult” IEP meetings and resolving disagreements.  In 2013, the Texas passed legislation addressing facilitated IEPs.  IEP facilitation offered by a school is now an option for resolving disputes. TAC 89.1196 (a)  – IEP facilitation “refers to a method of alternative dispute resolution that involves the use of a trained facilitator to assist an admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee in developing an IEP for a student with a disability. The facilitator uses facilitation techniques to help the committee members communicate [...]

Facilitated IEPs in Texas2017-06-30T15:08:44-05:00
10 02, 2017

ARD/IEP Committee Decision Making Process


Federal regulations refer to an IEP team.  In Texas, this team is referred to as the Admission, Review, and Dismissal or ARD committee. This committee meets at least once a year to develop, review and/or revise a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). IDEA says that the IEP meeting serves as a communication vehicle between parents and school personnel, and enables them, as equal participants, to make joint, informed decisions regarding- The student's needs and appropriate goals designed to enable them to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum; The extent to which the student will participate in [...]

ARD/IEP Committee Decision Making Process2019-10-03T11:39:15-05:00
8 02, 2017

Ignoring This Will Derail Your Child’s IEP Goals: An IEP Strategy


Traits, personality traits, or characteristics … no matter what you call them, if ignored, it is almost a guarantee that your child’s IEP goals will fail. What are these traits you ask?  They are the immeasurable qualities that make your child who they are. Things like: Your child’s learning style Your child’s interests Your child’s anxiety triggers or fears Your child’s view of themselves Knowing and documenting these characteristics will help everyone on the ARD committee understand how best to provide services to your child. It will also help you determine if a particular intervention or accommodation is right for your [...]

Ignoring This Will Derail Your Child’s IEP Goals: An IEP Strategy2017-06-30T15:42:24-05:00
6 02, 2017

A Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs


This post presents a seven-step process for developing IEPs that are aligned with state academic grade-level content standards. Each step is followed by guiding questions for the ARD committee to consider in making data-based decisions. This process can help school personnel to: (a) consider each student’s strengths and needs to develop goals focused on closing the gaps between the student’s levels of academic achievement and grade-level standards; and (b) use data to make decisions, including selecting the most appropriate assessment option. The goal is to support ARD committees to develop documents that, when implemented, provide access to the general curriculum and [...]

A Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs2017-06-30T15:45:25-05:00


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