During the Special Education Statewide Leadership Networks webinar, Steven Prater, M.A., Technical Assistance Manager, TEA Division of Special Education, and Daniela Licona, Program Specialist, TEA Division of Special Education, provided an overview of the purpose of the 10 statewide leadership networks as outlined in the Special Education Strategic Plan.
Federal officials said Texas should be doing even more to improve special education — and they’re planning a visit early next year to check. In a letter Friday, officials from the U.S. Department of Education dissected Texas’ proposed plan for overhauling special education for kids with disabilities — in many cases urging state officials to do even more than they had originally planned. Earlier this year, a thorough investigation found Texas had failed to provide students with disabilities with a proper education, violating federal special education law, and demanded it undertake a long list of corrective actions to shape up. [...]
Yesterday, 7/17/2018, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) posted a letter to schools on actions in the special education corrective action plan that schools must begin preparing to do. Schools must: Collect and retain requests for evaluation data that includes the reason for the request and whether additional services are needed including the timeline for implementation. Annually distribute information to every enrolled student’s family regarding the following: child find and FAPE requirements under IDEA parent and students’ rights under IDEA contact information necessary to request an initial evaluation for a student they suspect of having a disability Confirm that their local special [...]
Responsibilities and Timelines Regarding Parent Requests for Special Education Evaluations under the IDEA, TEC, and TACkristina@partnerstx.org2018-02-27T10:42:11-06:00
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 [...]
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 [...]