You will find any important information or forms in regards to ESL, GATE, SPED, SSI, or 504 services. If you have any questions, please ask administration.

ESL SERVICES:

Information on State Assessments for English Language Learners

Student Assessment Home | Assessment A–Z Directory | Contact Student Assessment | Printing PDFs

This webpage contains information on state assessments for English language learners (ELLs) and includes resources for Linguistically Accommodated Testing (LAT), the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS), and Language Proficiency Assessment Committees (LPACs).

Use the following links to go directly to the selected ELL information:


Administrative Rules


Educator Survey


Resources from Presentations, Conferences, and TETNs


Archive


View archived ELL files no longer in use.

For additional information, contact:
Student Assessment Division

512/463-9536

ell.tests@tea.state.tx.us

Bilingual Education

This site will provide you with information on curriculum, assessment, rules, etc. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this site for individuals working to provide high quality programs for limited English proficient students. Join our mailing list and receive updates.

Announcements

English Language Learners (ELL) Web Portal

The goal of the Texas English Language Learners Web Portal is to provide resources, tools, and training materials that are designed to support educators that serve the English language learners.
Related Links
Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations Subchapter BB. Commissioner's Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating English Language Learners (PDF, 202 KB)
ELA/Reading/SLA/Reading Support Site
English Language Proficiency Standards (outside source)
Framework Manual for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process (outside source)
State Assessments for English Language Learners
TEC §29.051 - 29.064
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Documents

2013-2014 List of Approved Tests for the Assessment of LEP Students (PDF, 410 KB)
2013-2014 English Proficiency Exit Criteria Chart (PDF, 29 KB)
2013 Required Summer School Program
Limited English Proficient Decision Chart (PDF, 142 KB)
Process for Exiting LEP Students Receiving Special Education Services from Bilingual/ESL Programs (PDF, 49 KB)

Contacts

Susie Coultress

susie.coultress@tea.state.tx.us

Texas Education Agency

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78701-1401

(512) 463-9581
Roberto Manzo

roberto.manzo@tea.state.tx.us

Texas Education Agency

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78701-1401

(512) 463-9581
ESC Contacts





GATE SERVICES:

A Story of Growth and Understanding

In 1977, the Texas Legislature passed its first legislation concerning the education of gifted/talented (G/T) students. In 1979, state funds for providing services to G/T children were made available, but providing such services was optional for school districts.
In 1987, the Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts must identify and serve G/T students at all grade levels. In 1990, The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students was adopted, and in 1999, the Texas Performance Standards Project for Gifted/Talented Students (TPSP) was created.
Today, Texas educators are committed to meeting the unique needs of G/T students and to expanding the ways we do so. To learn more about exciting programs for G/T education in Texas, click on the links below, contact your local school district or regional service center, or email TEA at gted@tea.state.tx.us.

Join the Texas Gifted/Talented Education listserv!
Gifted/Talented Frequently Asked Questions

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students - revised 2009

English Version (PDF, 160 KB)

Spanish Version (PDF, 181 KB)
For a print-ready file allowing you to produce an English-Spanish flip version of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, please e-mail gted@tea.state.tx.us.

Guiding Questions for Program Review (PDF, 187 KB)
This tool for G/T program review serves as a resourcs to the State Plan and provides guided questions to assist districts in their efforts to meet the compliance guidelines.

Professional Development

Required Gifted/Talented Teacher Training (PDF, 16.9 KB)

Related Links

The Texas Education Code on Gifted/Talented Education, TEC Subchapter D. Educational Programs for Gifted/Talented Students §29.121-§29.123 and §42.156
The Texas Administrative Code on Gifted/Talented Education (TAC) §89.1-§89.5
Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) Frequently Asked Questions
The Texas Performance Standards Project (outside source)
Equity in G/T (outside source)
Gifted/Talented Resources
Texas AP/IB Incentive Program
Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (outside source)
National Association for Gifted Children (outside source)
Contacts
Monica Brewer

monica.brewer@tea.state.tx.us

Texas Education Agency

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78701-1401

(512) 463-9581

Curriculum Division

curriculum@tea.state.tx.us

(512) 463-9581



SPED SERVICES:

Special Education Rules and Regulations Side-by-Side



The purpose of the "side-by-side" is to assist educators, parents, and other stakeholders to better understand the federal regulations (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), State Law (Texas Education Code), and State Rules (Texas Administrative Code: Commissioner's and State Board of Education Rules concerning Special Education).

Federal Regulations - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004


State Rules (Not required by IDEA or federal regulations)

States must identify any rule, regulation, or policy that is State-imposed (not required by IDEA or Federal regulations) as part of its annual state application to receive federal funding.

Commissioner's Rules


Special education related commissioner's rules can be found in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 19, Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations, Subchapter AA: Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services.

Other Sections of Commissioner Rules related to Special Education




Chapter 75. Curriculum, Subchapter BB. Special Provisions Career and Technology Education
Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations, Subchapter BB. State Plan for Educating Limited English Proficient Students
Chapter 101. Assessment, Subchapter AA. Participation of Limited English Proficient Students in State Assessments

State Board of Education Rules


Special education related SBOE rules can be found in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 19, Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations, Subchapter D: Special Education Services and Settings.

Other Sections of SBOE Rules related to Special Education




Chapter 101. Assessment, Subchapter A. General Provisions

  • §101.1. Scope of Rules.
  • §101.5. Student Testing Requirements.

Texas State Law





Dispute Resolution

Registration of Students with Visual Impairments and the DeafBlind Census

Forms have been developed to support the annual registration of Students with Visual Impairments and the DeafBlind Census.

Uniform Transfer Agreement Form for Assistive Technology Devices


The Uniform Transfer Agreement form has been developed pursuant to Texas Education Code §30.0015. Transfer of Assistive Technology Devices. and Texas Administrative Code §89.1056. Transfer of Assistive Technology Devices.

Written Summary of Restraint Use sample form


The Written Summary of Restraint Use sample form is aligned with the PEIMS Record 435 (Special Education Child Restraint – Student) reporting requirement. Districts may use this form to inform parents about the use of restraint and also to assist in the collection of data to be reported through PEIMS. This form contains the documentation requirements specified in 19 TAC §89.1053(e)(3),(4),(5),(A-I).


Division of IDEA Coordination

1701 North Congress Avenue | Austin, Texas 78701-1494

Telephone: 512.463.9414 | Fax: 512.463.9560




SSI SERVICES:

Enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8.
As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.
The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. This effort depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working in partnership to meet individual student needs.
A number of materials have been developed to help schools implement the SSI grade advancement requirements. These materials are available at this website in a format that facilitates downloading and editing for local use. When modifying these materials, schools should be careful to include all the components required by the grade advancement law and commissioner’s rules.

Student Success Initiative Manual


Sample Forms and Letters


The Grade Placement Committee (GPC) forms and notification letters are provided in both English and Spanish to help districts communicate with parents in their native language. Click on a link below to see a list of sample forms and letters for the selected grade and subject.
Mathematics Forms | Reading Forms

A Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative


Grades 5 and 8 SSI Brochure (English)
Grades 5 and 8 SSI Brochure (Spanish)

Related Resources


The link below provides information about applying for an expedited waiver to adjust the timeline for accelerated instruction after the third administration.
Expedited Waiver


For additional information, contact:
Student Assessment Division

512/463-9536

student.assessment@tea.state.tx.us





504 SERVICES:

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Links

Assistance from the Office of Civil Rights

Contact the OCR enforcement office in Texas if you wish to file a complaint or if you need technical assistance on a problem or assistance to prevent civil rights problems.

Texas OCR Enforcement Office


The Office for Civil Rights

Dallas Regional Office

1999 Bryan, Suite 2600

Dallas, Texas 75201

Telephone | (214) 661-9600

Fax | (214) 661-9587 | TDD (877) 521-2172

Email | OCR.Dallas@ed.gov

Contact the OCR Headquarters Office if you have a question on national policy, to make a Freedom of Information request for information that is national in scope, or to request publications or other assistance that is not available online. Information about How to file an OCR Complaint is also available.

OCR Headquarters Office


U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights

Customer Service Team

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Telephone | 1 (800) 421-3481

Fax | (202) 245-6840 | TDD (877) 521-2172

Email | OCR@ed.gov

Division of IDEA Coordination

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78701-1494

Phone: (512) 463-9414 | Fax: (512) 463-9560

E-mail: sped@tea.state.tx.us