Texas Education Agency (TEA)
IDEA is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law that assures students with disabilities receive free appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. An important component of this law promotes parent participation in their child's education.
The TEA (Texas Education Agency) has written a resource guide for you as a parent of a child who may be eligible for special education supports and services.
A hard copy is available for review in our office. However, the most current version of the document will reside on the TEA website at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147496922.
TEA to host two public hearings on draft strategic plan for special education
AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today that it will host two public hearings to accept comments on its comprehensive draft strategic plan for special education.
- The first public hearing will take place on Thursday, April 12, at Education Service Center Region 1, 1900 West Schunior, in Edinburg.
- The second public hearing will take place on Monday, April 16, at Education Service Center Region 10, 400 East Spring Valley Road, in Richardson.
Participants will register onsite for each hearing beginning at 12:30 p.m. Speaker registration will end at 1 p.m. Both public hearings are set to begin at 1 p.m.
Speakers will be called in the order in which they registered. To accommodate as many people as possible, each registered speaker will be allotted three minutes. The public hearing will continue until all registered speakers have spoken or through 3 p.m. (whichever comes first). The hearings will be recorded and transcriptions posted publicly.
TEA’s draft strategic plan, regarding the support and delivery of special education services in our state’s public schools, reflects steps the agency is considering undertaking – beyond what is being required by the U.S. Department of Education, as outlined in a recent federal monitoring report.
Those unable to attend either public hearing can still submit electronic comments on the comprehensive draft strategic plan for special education. Comments can be submitted by email at TexasSPED@TEA.texas.gov. Electronic comments will be accepted through noon on Wednesday, April 18.
A final response to the federal monitoring report will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education later this month. To review the draft strategic plan or to learn more about the public hearings visit the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED.
Any student receiving special education services who is enrolled in 5th or 8th grade will have an Admission Review or Dismissal (ARD) meeting if he/she does not perform satisfactorily on the math or reading STAAR assessments. The ARD committee will determine the manner in which the student will participate in accelerated instruction and whether the student will be promoted or retained. The committee may promote the student to the next grade level if the committee concludes that the student has made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals contained in the student’s individual education program (IEP). A school district that promotes a student under this subsection is not required to provide an additional opportunity for the student to perform satisfactorily on the assessment instrument.