SPED NEWSLETTER: February 2022

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Texas Education Agency

February 2022

Special Education Newsletter

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REMINDER: Senate Bill 89 Requirements

As a result of Senate Bill (SB) 89, the COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act, Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committees must complete a required supplement as a written statement included in the IEP of each child enrolled in the local education agency (LEA) during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school years by May 1, 2022. For details about the specific requirements ARD committees must document related to SB 89, you can: 


REMINDER: Two Amazing Grant Opportunities for LEAs

(Application windows are in the upcoming dates section of this newsletter.) 

  • The Dyslexia Grant Award Program aims to increase local capacity to appropriately serve students with dyslexia and related disorders. LEAs may apply for funding to provide high-quality training to classroom teachers and administrators in meeting the needs of students with dyslexia and related disorders and/or training to intervention staff resulting in appropriate credentialing related to dyslexia.
  • The Innovative Services to Students with Autism Grant Award is available to all LEAs, with priority given to collaborations across LEAs. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to increase capacity across Texas schools to implement innovative programs that effectively serve students with autism ages 3-21
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 Upcoming Dates

  • Open through March 11, 2022: Application window for the Dyslexia Grant Award Program
  • Open through March 18, 2022: Application window for the Innovative Services for Students with Autism Grant Award Program
  • TEA's English Learner Support Division will be presenting targeted professional development webinar series from 9-10 a.m. on the following dates. 
    • March 24, 2022: Addressing Factors Impacting High School Completion for Emergent Bilingual Students
    • May 19, 2022: Diversified Support for Newcomers and Long-Term Emergent Bilingual Students
  • February 23, 2022 @ 10 a.m.: Special Education Self-Assessment Overview webinar (recorded webinar posted after presentation)
  • March 10, 2022 from 2-3 p.m.: Join us for the 2022-2023 Operating Procedures and Local Policy Update which will cover the Operating Procedure requirements for LEAs for the 22-23 school year. A link to the presentation will be posted soon HERE

Department News

Special Paper Administration of an Online Test Policy

Starting December 2022, all State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) assessments— grades 3–8 assessments, end-of-course (EOC) assessments, and Spanish assessments, including accommodated versions—will be administered online. Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) listening and speaking and reading assessments will continue to be administered online.

Requests for a special administration of an online assessment (e.g., paper version of STAAR, holistic assessment of TELPAS listening and speaking in grades 2–12) should be submitted only if a required accommodation documented in the student’s individualized education program (IEP), individual accommodation plan (IAP), or 504 paperwork cannot be delivered in an online format.

For additional information, see the "Resources to Support Online Testing and Accommodations" section in the January 27, 2022 TEA Correspondence.

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Let TX CAN Help You Prepare for Assessment

Check out TX CAN’s updated course, STAAR Alternate 2:  Before, During and After the AssessmentThis course provides guidance for teachers on preparing students for the test, test administration, and using test results to inform future instructionIt also includes a new video example of test administration. 

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The Power of Coaching After Training

Research indicates that training with a coaching component can lead to improved teacher practice and student outcomes. In the last 2 years, TEA's Special Education Technical Assistance Networks have embarked on a journey to use coaching to improve teacher practices. Currently coaching is offered as follow-up support for several of our trainings, including Standards-Based IEPs, A Step Toward IEP Quality & Rigor, the Autism Circuit Academy, and, coming soon, Writing Appropriate Measurable Postsecondary Goals. 

Contact your regional service center to sign up for training and take advantage of the coaching that is provided to support teachers with fidelity of implementation. 


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TX CAN shout out to ESC Region 7! 18% of LEAs in region 7 have had at least one teacher complete the TX CAN training, A Step Toward IEP Quality & Rigor, and were rated as proficient following coaching by their regional TX CAN specialist. 


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