Special Education Update February 15_ 2012_1_ by pptfiles


									         March 7, 2012
ESC-20/AACASE Special Education
        Director Meeting
   The process for Nonpublic school placements is the
    same with the addition of new procedures for
    placements into previously approved nonpublic
   Procedures can be found on the PMI webpage
   LEA will submit their request for non-public
    placements to susan.marek@tea.state.tx.us or
   The TEA representative will review the letter of
    intent to contract with the non-public facility, the
    LEA assurance checklist and the student’s IEP
   For further questions, you may contact Judy Struve
   Letter Enclosed

   Area with required action is Critical Element 3:
    Dispute Resolution
       See Page 3 of 7

   Due to findings, the ARD Guide and
    Procedural Safeguard documents will be
    revised within the 60-day timeline. Print in
    small quantities until new release.
   See HB 359 Matrix
   Cindy Swain,TEA, recently shared that the previous
    answer on the (IEP) Annual Goal Development Q&A said
    exactly what TEA thought was correct at the time it was
       Progress reports must be provided in the manner of calculation outlined
        in the measurable goal in order to provide information on progress toward
        meeting the annual goal.
   While that is logical and TEA does not believe that canned
    comments like mastered or continued give the necessary
    information, the law does NOT require that the data be
    collected in a certain way or that the progress be
    reported in a certain way.
   The work on the model IEP form has made TEA look at
    compliance differently, so they continue to be thoughtful
    about how we present the must and should information
    to school districts and parents.
The IDEA does not provide any specific requirements as to the
contents of periodic progress reports. A best practice strategy,
however, is to report progress using numerical data. For
example, if the goal or objective states that the student will
perform a skill correctly four out of five times, then the
progress report would reflect how many times out of five the
student successfully performed the skill. Similarly, if the goal or
objective states that the student will do something with 80%
accuracy, then the student’s progress would be reported in
terms of a percentage. If numerical data are not included,
specific information regarding the student’s progress should be
provided. Simply including generic statements such as
“progress being made” or “continuing” should be avoided.
   See Enclosed Letter
   SPP 7 is currently open
   SPP 13 and 14 online application will open on April 1 , 2012
   SPP 11 and 12 online application will open on July 1, 2012
   All applications will close on August 31, 2012
   After the closing date of August 31, 2012, the TEA cannot return
    data for any of the SPP applications and there is NO appeals
   The LEA's performance on the compliance indicators will be
    used by the Agency in the annual Determinations analysis
   LEA's performance on the compliance indicators will be
    reflected in the LEA public reporting on SPP Indicators in the
   Any issues related to the submission of inaccurate data or the
    non submission of data will be addressed by the Division of
    Program Monitoring and Intervention
  TEASE training documents are posted at ESC-20
 There can only be one Certifier per district for each
   SPP application.
 If the person established as the Certifier has left
   that position or the district, then that role will need
   to be revoked by the Superintendent before a new
   Certifier can apply for access.
 All LEAs are encouraged to review their TEASE
   roles for all SPP applications.
     Larry Rodriguez
     Evelyn Villarreal

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