July 2021 Special Education Newsletter

Texas Education Agency

July 2021

Special Education Newsletter

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  • As of July 1, 2021, TEA has determined High Cost Fund Final Prorated Award Amounts for all LEAs with completed HCF applications. The LEA’s final award amount (if applicable) may be viewed on the Cover Sheet within the HCF application. Reimbursements are being processed and payment will be made to LEAs through direct deposit. For additional information visit the HCF webpage or contact the HCF team at HCF@tea.texas.gov
  • Don't forget there are upcoming opportunities in 2021 for Texas educators to participate in virtual exam development committees, including the Special Education EC-6 and 6-12. Get involved and apply now to participate in these and future exam development activities.
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 Upcoming Dates

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) has extended the application window until September 30, 2021. 

Department News

Indicator 14 Postschool Outcomes Survey

Parents and students served by special education who exited school in the 2019-2020 school year are asked to complete a survey this summer telling us about what they are doing now. Targeted youth and their parents may receive an email, text message, postcard, or paper survey. Email and text invitations will include a personalized survey link. Postcards will include a PIN number for the student or parent to enter at www.TxExit.com. 

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Transition and Employment Designee (TED) Guidelines

The Student-Centered Transitions Network has posted the Transition and Employment Designee Guidelines. This resource provides TEDs with information and tools to better understand their role. Included in this guide are frequently asked question, statutory requirements, information about interagency coordination, and specifics about the various TED responsibilities. 

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Writing Effective Impact and Need Statements in the FIE

This recorded webinar provides guidance for writing compliant and effective impact and need statements related to the student’s disability in the initial full and individual evaluation (FIE) to create the present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFPs) which lead to development of an appropriate individualized education program (IEP).

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IEP Measurable Annual Goals Question and Answer Document

This question and answer document is intended to provide guidance and best practices to local education agencies regarding ways to approach writing annual individualized education program (IEP) goals that ensure involvement and progress in the student’s grade-level academic standards. This is also known as a standards-based IEP process.

This guidance document was originally developed by ESC 20 as part of the Progress in the General Curriculum Network. It was updated June 2021 as part of the continuing work of the Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Statewide Initiative.

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