September TEA SpEd Newsletter

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Texas Education Agency

Special Education Newsletter Update

September 30, 2019

Student and teacher reading

Together, we are committed to high expectations and strong systems that achieve equitable outcomes for every student with a disability.

Review and Support Trending Topics

“Trending Topics in Special Education Monitoring” is a new resource for special education administrators to ensure timely access to relevant content. The first issue of “Trending Topics in Special Education Monitoring” is linked below but will also be shared through ESCs and posted to the Division of Review and Support webpage this month. You can also expect to see more information about “Trending Topics in Special Education Monitoring” in future editions of the TEA Special Education Newsletter. The content of September’s issue of “Trending Topics…” is informed by commonly asked questions and compliance challenges identified during special education monitoring by the TEA during the 2018-2019 school year. In the future, this resource will be released three times per year with topics determined based upon frequently asked questions and findings from special education monitoring activities.


Issue One


Data Based Individualization

TEA is involved in a grant with the National Center for Intensive Intervention (NCII) to bring their data-based individualization process to Texas. Data-Based Individualization (DBI) is a systematic…


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Clarification About Full-Day Pre-K for Students Receiving Special Education

For students with disabilities who are eligible for Pre-K

All students who meet state Pre-K eligibility requirements have the right to those services. Students receiving early childhood special education services (ECSE) cannot be denied access to a full day Pre-K program based on their disability. The Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee will…


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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act & The Americans with Disabilities Act

Over the past year, TEA has responded to stakeholder requests to provide additional guidance and support around implementation of Section 504.  Although TEA does not have authority over Section 504, the Division of Special Education has taken steps…


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LEA Self-Assessment in the ASCEND Platform

ASCEND Texas is a cloud-based application to assist local education agencies (LEAs) to collect and manage special education data while navigating the Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS) system. Currently, the ASCEND application is accessible to Cycle I Groups I and II as test groups for the self-assessment. The Division of Review and Support will send notifications to all LEAs, who did not participate in Group I or II monitoring activities, when the ASCEND application is open for all users.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the division of Review and Support at (512) 463-9414 or by email.


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