Chief Academic Officer March Bulletin

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Texas Education Agency

Chief Academic Officers

 Office of Academics 

March 6th, 2018

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Welcome to this month’s update curated for district Chief Academic Officers. 

Services to Students with Autism and Dyslexia

Two new grants are available to provide innovative services to students with autism and with dyslexia in a school-wide program. A program must serve students who are between the ages of 3 and 9 years of age or who are enrolled in the third grade or a lower grade level. 


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USDE Special Education Corrective Action Plan

During the 2016-2017 school year, the United States Department of Education performed a series of onsite monitoring visits to review Texas’ compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The findings from that report require TEA to develop a plan to address four corrective actions. TEA has been gathering feedback on the Proposed Initial Draft Plan, and a complete draft plan will be available this month.


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Revision of the Dyslexia Handbook

The Dyslexia Handbook contains guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. At the last State Board of Education meeting, the Board directed revision of the Dyslexia Handbook to address requirements of HB 1886 and to clarify IDEA and §504 guidelines regarding identification and services.

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Digital Learning Resources

TEA's Digital Learning Division provides two main services. The Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) provides online courses to eligible students through a course catalog and full-time online schools. The Texas Gateway provides instant access to resources for educators for the classroom and for professional development.



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Assessment Writing Pilot

As outlined by House Bill (HB) 1164, 84th Texas Legislature, for the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 school years, TEA and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are conducting a pilot program to explore alternative, authentic methods of assessing writing in Texas. Over 41,000 students are participating in the pilot.


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A-F Accountability Resources

The 85th Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 22, establishing three domains for measuring the academic performance of districts and campuses: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps. Districts will receive a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for overall performance, as well as for performance in each domain, beginning in August 2018. Campuses will receive A–F ratings beginning in August 2019. 


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