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TEA Harvey Page Updates

There have been several updated over the last week to the Harvey page on the TEA website.

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Other_Services/Weather_and_Disaster/Hurricane_Harvey_Resources/

TELPAS PowerPoint

The TELPAS page has posted updated training power point presentations. (9/19/2017)

http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ell/telpas/

Disability Scoop: Federal Healthcare Bill

Disability Scoop posted an article discussing concerns about the proposed changes to the federal healthcare bill.  (9/19/17)

https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2017/09/19/medicaid-community-new-threat/24181/

Hurricane Harvey Enrollment Guidance

Hurricane Harvey Enrollment Guidance has been issued by TEA. (8/31/17)

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Hurricane_Harvey_Enrollment_Guidance/

Hurricane Missed Days

TEA has also posted information about how missed days due to the Hurricane will be handled. (9/1/17)

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Additional_Missed_School_Day_Waivers_related_to_Hurricane_Harvey/

2018 Accommodations

The 2018 Accommodations page on the TEA website now has some active links.

http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/Student_Assessment_Overview/Accommodation_Resources/2018_Accessibility/

TETN’s for state assessment and TELPAS

There are TETN’s set up for 9/12/17 on accessibility features for state assessment and TELPAS.

http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/training/tetn-schedule/

Career and Technology Modules

Professional development modules dealing with Career and Technology have been posted to the TEA website (8/4/17) at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Online_Profe ssional_Development_Modules_for_CTE_TEKS_Implementation/

Testing Calendar Link Correction

CORRECT LINK to the 2017/18 testing calendar is file:///C:/Users/lharris/Downloads/Calendar1718rev062817%20(3).pdf

Reversing Therapy Cuts

The Houston Chronicle reported that the House unanimously approves reversing therapy cuts for disabled children, although the issue is unlikely to make it into law this special session.  (8/3/17) Go to http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/House-unanimously-approves-reversing-therapy-cuts-11731863.php

Essa Public Comment Period

Commissioner Morath with TEA announced the opening of a public comment period for Texas’ ESSA state plan will begin July 31.  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/TEA_News_Releases/

Texas 85th Regular Session Bills Passed

Some of the Bills that passed the 85th regular session dealing specifically with special education and a link to look them up are provided below. Capitol website is http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

HB 1886 – related to Dyslexia screening

HB 2130 - related to a study on state wide assessment and Sp Ed students

HB 3632 – timeline for requesting due process hearing

SB 160 - relating to prohibiting an indicator on the number of special ed students

SB 436 – Special Ed advisory committee

SB 1398 - Video cameras in the classroom

SB 2080 – Residential Facilities

SB 2141 – Due processes hearings

Legislature Responds to FIIE Timeline Concerns - House Bill 11 Section 1.13

Texas Representative Four Price's office confirmed the commitment to:

  1. Retain the existing 45 school day timeline for the FIIE.
  2. Keep the 15 days for school to respond to a parent’s request for an FIIE.
  3. Maintain the current timeline regarding test consent received at least 35 but less than 45 school days before the last instructional day of the school year requires completed FIIE report to the parent by June 30.

STAAR with Embedded Supports Non-Secure Front Matter

STAAR with Embedded Supports Non-Secure Front Matter documents and other related resources have been posted to the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/accommodations/

Medicaid Refinancing Proposal

CEC is concerned that the Medicaid refinancing proposal the House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering - as soon as next week - jeopardizes health care for the nation’s most vulnerable children: children with disabilities and children in poverty.  (3/3/17) See details at  http://www.policyinsider.org/2017/03/tell-congress-to-vote-no-on-medicaid-refinancing-prop osal.html

School Finance and Vouchers

Texas House and Senate are in discussion about school finance and vouchers.  See recent Houston Chronicle article (3/3/17) See http://www.chron.com/local/texas-politics/texas-legislature/article/House-ready-to-pitch-school-finance-plan-Senate-10974638.php

TRS Active Care, Proposed Bill, SB 789

Those of you who participate in TRS Active Care, may want to look at the proposed bill, SB 789 from the current/85thLegislative Session.  Links below are for the actual bill and for a site discussing the bill’s implications.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=SB789 and http://www.teachthevote.org/news/category/trs/

School Choice

There is a growing push for school choice at the federal level.  See current articles.

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Trump-to-visit-private-school-to-promote-school -10974016.php

http://www.policyinsider.org/2017/03/presidents-trumps-skinny-budget.html

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-devos-vouchers-20170228-story.html

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/betsy-devos-donald-trump-florida-school-choice-vouchers

CEC Support for ESSA

The Council of Exceptional Children is asking for support from members to stop the overturn of the ESSA.  (3/1/17)

Go to http://www.policyinsider.org/2017/03/tell-the-senate-do-not-overturn-essa-regulations.html

Texas School Districts Targeted for Federal Investigation

A dozen Texas school districts are being targeted for review in a federal investigation into whether students with disabilities are getting the help they need, officials said Thursday.  See link.  (2/16/17) http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2017/02/16/feds-investigate-special-ed-12-texas-school-districts

USDOE and TEA Investigate in Texas Cities

U.S. Department of Education and Texas Education Agency officials will hit five Texas cities to ask the public about their experience with special education, part of an ongoing investigation of the state's services.

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/11/30/feds-tea-tour-texas-public-comment-special-ed/

IEP Accommodations for SAT

Accommodations in the IEP may be allowed on the SAT starting in January.  See link for CEC.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/12/02/finally-college-board-makes -it-easier-for-students-with-disabilities-to-get-sat-accommodations/?utm_term=.6c3c4b77cca 4&wpisrc=nl_sb_smartbrief

 

STAAR Allowable Supplemental Aids

TEA has posted a power point on allowable Supplemental Aids for STAAR (12/2/16) http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/accommodations/

 

TEA 2017 LPAC guide

TEA has posted the 2017 LPAC guide

http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ell/lpac/

Language Proficiency Assessment Committee Resources

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Participation of English Language Learners in State Assessments requires language proficiency assessment committees (LPACs) to make assessment decisions on an 


Important District Responsibilities under IDEA Reminder
TEA has posted a letter to administrator titled “Reminder about Important District Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” 11/17/2016. See link at
TEA Letter to Administrator: Important District Responsibilities under IDEA

Shortened Test Blueprints for STAAR Grades 3–8

TEA has sent a letter To the District and ESC Testing Coordinators addressing Shortened Test Blueprints for STAAR Grades 3–8 Beginning in Spring 2017  (11/1/16) Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/correspondence/  See a link to STAAR Blue Prints on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/

Texas House Speaker asks TEA-to-Suspend 8.5 Percent Enrollment "Benchmark"

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday asked the Texas Education Agency to immediately stop penalizing school districts for providing special education services to more than 8.5 percent of students.  (10/26/2016)

Some quotes from the article.

"I urge you, immediately, to either make significant changes to the specific indicator in the monitoring system that is being cited as a reason schools are denying needed services to students, or to suspend use of this indicator in the monitoring system until the Legislature and the agency can come up with a more lasting solution." Straus

“On Monday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick expressed concern in a statement about the TEA's 8.5 percent enrollment "benchmark," creating a rare area of agreement between the leaders of the state House and state Senate.”  See http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Straus-asks-for-TEA-to-suspend-use-of-spe cial-10415477.php#photo-7335567

OSERS letter to TEA

Attached is the OSERS letter to TEA dated 10-3-16.  I know most have seen it, but I had a specific request to send it out, so here it is.

LPAC 2016-17

TEA has posted updated 2016-17 LPAC information. 10-12-16  Go to http://programs.esc20.net/default.aspx?name=lpac.framework

Accommodation Recourse TETN

TEA has updated the Accommodation Recourse page with a TETN presentation power point and beginning information on accommodations for the 2017 assessments. (10-7-16)

PBMAS Indicator 10

OSEP has sent a Letter to TEA about PBMAS Indicator Special Education Indicator 10.  (10/3/16) see attachment

Senate Bill 507 - Attorney General Guidance

TEA has posted a letter to administrator addressing “Guidance from Texas Attorney General Regarding Senate Bill 507, 84th Texas Legislature” (video surveillance in a self-contained instructional setting).  (9/28/16).  See link at  http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Guidance_fro m_Texas_Attorney_General_Regarding_Senate_Bill_507,_84th_Texas_Legislature/

Side-by-Side Updated

The Side-by-Side has been updated and can be accessed at the Legal Framework (September 2016) by going to http://framework.esc18.net/Documents/Side_by_Side.pdf

STAAR Alternate 2 Documents

Several STAAR Alternate 2 documents have been updated (August and September 2016) Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/

Updated Testing Calendar

TEA has posted an updated testing calendar (9/9/16).   Looks like only the names have changed. (STAAR A, STAAR L are no longer listed on the calendar)

STAAR Online Testing Platform Changes Letter

TEA has posted a letter To the District Coordinator.  The stated purpose is to provide additional information and guidance related to the changes to the STAAR Online Testing Platform. 9/15/16 Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/correspondence/

STAAR 2016/17

TEA has posted a letter conferring important changes to 2016/17 state testing. 9/6/16.  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/correspondence/

ETS Liquidated Damages

TEA announces ETS liquidated damages (8/23/2016) http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2016/TEA_announces_ETS_l iquidated_damages/

TETN 2016/17 Schedule

The 2016/17 TETN schedule has been posted to the TEA website. http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/training/tetn-schedule/


Accountability Ratings 2016

TEA has posted 2016 Accountability Ratings. (8/15/16) http://tea.texas.gov/2016Accountability.aspx and http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2016/TEA_releases_2016_a ccountability_ratings/

2016 Accountability Rating System - Texas Education Agency

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The 2016 accountability ratings are scheduled to be released on Monday, August 15, 2016. Resources. 2016 Accountability Manual describes the 2016 accountability ...

TEA Released 2016 STAAR

A notice has been posted that TEA has released all versions of the 2016 STAAR. (8/15/16) at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2016/TEA_releases_spring _2016_STAAR_assessments/  Also see http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/State_of_Texas_Assessments _of_Academic_Readiness_(STAAR)/STAAR_Released_Test_Questions/

STAAR Released Test Questions

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Student Assessment Home | Assessment A–Z Directory | Contact Student Assessment. TEA releases two types of test questions for the STAAR test - sample questions and ...


PBMAS 2016 Manuals

The 2016 PBMAS manuals have been posted to TEA. 8/11/16 Go to http://tea.texas.gov/pbm/PBMASManuals.aspx

PBMAS Manuals

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The Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) Manuals are comprehensive technical resources designed to explain each year's PBMAS indicators and reports

Section 504 and ADHD Guidance Document

US Department of Ed has released Dear Colleague letter and guidance document related to Section 504 and ADHD (7/26/16).  See link at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201607-504-adhd.pdf

Next Generation Assessment and Accountability

Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability has produced a Report to the Governor of Texas and Texas Legislature with recommendations for changes to state assessment. (7/27/16) See the report at http://tea.texas.gov/2804Commission.aspx

Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and ...

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House Bill 2804, 84th Texas Legislature (2015), established the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability. The purpose of the commission is ..

RF Tracker Data Collection (April 2016)

TEA has posted a letter to administrator addressing required RF Tracker Data Collection for Districts with Residential Care and Treatment Facilities within Their Geographic Boundaries and/or Jurisdiction. (4/25/2016) See the following link:  http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Required_RF_ Tracker_Data_Collection_for_Districts_with_Residential_Care_and_Treatment_Facilities_withi n_Their_Geographic_Boundaries_and/or_Jurisdiction/

Assessments and Accountability Public Input Sought

TEA has posted a news release stated that the State Board of Education seeks public input about assessments and accountability. (6/14/16)  Here is an opportunity to make your voice heard.  Go to http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2016/State_Board_of_Educ ation_seeks_public_input_about_assessments_and_accountability/

SSI Requirements for Grades 5 and 8

TEA has posted a letter to administrator indicating significant changes to SSI requirements for 5th and 8th grade. (6/10/16)  See text from letter and link that follows here: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Significant_ Changes_to_June_STAAR_Testing_for_Grades_5_and_8,_Student_Success_Initiative_(SSI)_Require ments_and_Confidential_Student_Reporting_Timelines/

 

“As a result of ongoing reporting issues with our testing vendor, we will be removing student consequences attached to STAAR testing for grades 5 and 8 for the remainder of the 2015-16 assessment cycle.  We are also modifying the requirements for SSI and the reporting requirements for Confidential Student Reports (CSR).

 

The decisions outlined in this communication are based on TEA’s commitment to our districts and students, and with the priority of ensuring that those affected are not penalized due to our ongoing vendor reporting issues.”

 

Cancellation of June STAAR Testing for Grades 5 and 8

“Given that June STAAR test results will not be required to be used for promotion decisions for SSI purposes and are not used for accountability, I am cancelling the June administration of STAAR for grades 5 and 8.

Students in grades 5 and 8 who did not perform satisfactorily on the March 2016 or May 2016 STAAR mathematics and/or reading tests will not be retested in June. We encourage districts to use local discretion to determine on an individual basis whether accelerated instruction should be offered in the applicable subject area for students who did not pass the mathematics and/or reading assessments in March and/or May. For the 2015–2016 school year, districts are not required to convene grade placement committees based solely on grade 5 and 8 STAAR results.  

Instead, you should use local discretion and all relevant and available academic information to make promotion/retention decisions for these students as you see fit, such as the recommendation of the teacher and the student’s grade in each subject.”Updated Procedural Safeguards and ARD Guide

Updated Procedural Safeguards/ARD Guide dated April 2016 have been the legal framework (4/5/16).  See link at http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx

Legal Framework Updates

Other updates to the framework have also been posted at http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/ESC18-FW-UpdatesAuto.aspx?DT=G&LID=en

Proposed Commissioner’s Rules for Video Cameras

TEA has posted the proposed Commissioner’s rules for Video Camera’s in Special Education self-contained settings.  The public comment period is through 5/9/16.  See link: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/Commissioner_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_Commission er_of_Education_Rules/

Student Success Initiative Manual 2015 - 16

TEA has posted the 2015-16 Student Success Initiative Manual (3/18/16).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ssi/

Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA Memo

TEA has posted a to the administrator addressed memo covering the Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA (3/8/16).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Every_Studen t_Succeeds_Act/

Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA FAQs

An FAQ (2/3/2016) and other resources on ESSA have been posted to ed.gov.  See link at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email& utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Updated Procedural Safeguards and ARD Guide

Updated Procedural Safeguards/ARD Guide dated April 2016 have been the legal framework (4/5/16).  See link at http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx

Legal Framework Updates

Other updates to the framework have also been posted at http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/ESC18-FW-UpdatesAuto.aspx?DT=G&LID=en

Proposed Commissioner’s Rules for Video Cameras

TEA has posted the proposed Commissioner’s rules for Video Camera’s in Special Education self-contained settings.  The public comment period is through 5/9/16.  See link: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/Commissioner_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_Commission er_of_Education_Rules/

Student Success Initiative Manual 2015 - 16

TEA has posted the 2015-16 Student Success Initiative Manual (3/18/16).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ssi/

Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA Memo

TEA has posted a to the administrator addressed memo covering the Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA (3/8/16).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Every_Studen t_Succeeds_Act/

Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA FAQs

An FAQ (2/3/2016) and other resources on ESSA have been posted to ed.gov.  See link at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/index.html?utm_content=&utm_medium=email& utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Educator Guide to STAAR A

TEA has posted the Educator Guide to STAAR A (3/2/16). See the link http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAARA/

STAAR A (TETN Presentation Handout)

TEA has posted an update on STAAR A (TETN Presentation handout). See link http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAARA/

STAAR 2016 Testing Manuals

The 2016 STAAR Testing Manuals having been posted to the TEA web site (2/12/16).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/manuals/

STAAR 2016 Online Tutorials and Practice Tests

TEA has posted a memo regarding the 2016 STAAR Online Tutorials and Practice Tests (2/11/16).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment

STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browsers

TEA has activated the link to STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browsers site.  There are instructions above it set up in PDF.  This does not look like a STAAR A tutorial, but more like the testing coordinators area to set up testing.  Hopefully, someone can make heads or tails of it and let us all know.  For details go to http://www.texasassessment.com/technology/

STAAR Online Tutorials

TEA has posted that the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) online tutorials are now available through the STAAR Online Testing Platform.  (1/29/16). Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/

Just FYI – When you go to the embedded link in the first TEA posted document, it says “available soon”.    Will keep watching to see when the links go active.

Texas Disability Determination Services Letter Regarding SSI and Title XVI Payments

TEA has posted a correspondence letter stating that they have been contacted by the Texas Disability Determination Services (DDS), a division of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), regarding an upcoming review of children receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Title XVI Payments.  They indicated this review may lead to an increase in records requests to schools. (1/25/16) See link at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Review_of_Ch ildren_Receiving_Supplemental_Security_Income,_Title_XVI_Payments/

Mike Morath Named Commissioner of Education

TEA reported that Mike Morath has been named Commissioner of Education. (12/14/15) Following are links to some online articles about the new commissioner. See info at

http://gov.texas.gov/news/appointment/21773

http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2014/september/dallas-isd-trustee-mike-mo rath-is-on-a-mission-from-god

http://mikemorath.com/Biography.aspx

http://www.texastribune.org/2015/12/14/abbott-names-next-education-commissioner/

Texas SUCCESS Online Accelerated Instruction Resources 

TEA has posted information about Student Success Initiative (Texas SUCCESS) Online Accelerated Instruction Resources as authorized by Rider 46, General Appropriations Act, 84th Texas Legislature (12/11/15).  See link. http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Student_Succ ess_Initiative_(Texas_SUCCESS)_Online_Accelerated_Instruction_Resources/

Every Student Succeeds Act 

Commissioner Williams posted a news release regarding passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (12/9/15). Visit online posting at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2015/Statement_of_Commis sioner_Michael_Williams_regarding_passage_of_the_Every_Student_Succeeds_Act/

IDEA-B LEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Guidance Handbook Revision

TEA posted an IDEA-B LEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Guidance Handbook Revision guide. (12/10/15). Visit http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/IDEA-B_LEA_M aintenance_of_Effort_(MOE)_Guidance_Handbook_Revision/

Texas Education Today – December 2015

The December issue of Texas Education Today has been posted to the TEA website. See link at http://tea.texas.gov/communications/tet.aspx

2016 LPAC Decision Making Guide PowerPoint

The 2016 LPAC Decision making guide PowerPoint has been posted to the TEA website. See link. (12/2/15) Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ell/lpac/

La Marque ISD will be Annexed into Texas City ISD

Commissioner Williams announced that La Marque ISD will be annexed into Texas City ISD (12/2/15).  See link.http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/TEA_News_Releases/

U. S. House Passed the Every Student Succeeds Act

This week the U. S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act. The passage of the bill by the House is a major step to update/reauthorize ESEA/NCLB.  Information is posted at

1. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/2015/12/03/every-student-succeeds-act-is-bett er-than-no-child-left-behind

2. http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/ESSA%20FINAL%20Conference%20Report.pdf

3. http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/The_Every_Child_Achieves_Act_of_2015--summary.pdf

STAAR Linguistic Accommodations

TEA has posted a handout on Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs Participating in the STAAR Program. There is also a training presentation posted.   See links http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/Student_Assessment_Overvie w/Accommodation_Resources/2016_Accommodations_for_Students_with_Disabilities_Taking_State_ Assessments/ AND http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ell/staarl/

House Bill 2610 FAQs Update and Student Attendance Accounting Handbook Change Document  

TEA has posted an updated House Bill 2610 Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 2015 along with the 2016 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) Change Document and the Original posting of the proposed 2015–2016 SAAH Draft. http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Original_Pos ting_of_the_Proposed_2015%E2%80%932016_SAAH_Draft/

 EOC (STAAR A) Paper Administration December 2015

TEA has posted information about EOC (STAAR A) December paper administration.  See details at http://tea.texas.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=25769824093&lib ID=25769824191

 District Campus Coordinator Manual Supplement

TEA has posted the District Campus Coordinator Manual (DCCM) Supplement for December STAAR administrations (11/5/15).  A TETN is set for 11/10/15 to review it. Follow the links at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ and http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/training/tetn-schedule/

 Dyslexia

A new Dear College Letter dealing with the terms Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia has been released (10/23/2015). See http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/guidance-on-dyslexia-10-2015.pdf

 STAAR Alternative 2 (October 2015)

TEA has posted the STAAR Alternative 2 test administration manual (10/19/15).Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/

 STAAR Grades 3-8

TEA posted a letter stating that they are shortening STAAR grades 3-8.  (10/16/15) at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Reduction_of _Number_of_Questions,_State_of_Texas_Assessments_of_Academic_Readiness_(STAAR%C2%AE)_Grade s_3%E2%80%938_Assessments/

 Testing Calendar (draft) 2016/17

TEA has posted a draft of the 2016/17 testing calendar.  (10/13/15) Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/

 Texas ESEA Waiver Status

TEA has posted information about Texas’ current status with the ESEA Waiver (10/7/15) See details at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Update_on_St ate_s_ESEA_Waiver/

 Early Childhood Data System

TEA has posted a document concerning Early Childhood Data System (ECDS) and Compliance with Kindergarten Reading Assessment Data Submission (TEC, §28.006) (10/8/15)  Document is posted at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Early_Childh ood_Data_System_(ECDS)_and_Compliance_with_Kindergarten_Reading_Assessment_Data_Submission _(TEC,_%C2%A728_006)/

 STAAR’s Writing Blueprint Grades 4 and 7

TEA has posted an updated Blueprint for the 4th and 7th grade Writing STAAR’s. (10/5/15) Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/correspondence/ or STAAR’s Writing Blueprint for Grades 4 and 7

 Supplemental Aids for STAAR

TEA has posted  a presentation titled “Supplemental Aids for STAAR, STAAR Spanish, STAAR L, and STAAR A: What's Allowed and What's Not?”  (PDF posted 10/07/15)

 Important Changes to SE Monitoring for 2015-2016

TEA has posted an action required document covering the topic of “Important Changes to Special Education Monitoring for the 2015-2016 School Year.”  (10-6-15)  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Important_Ch anges_to_Special_Education_Monitoring_for_the_2015-2016_School_Year/

 STAAR Performance Standards Requirements for 2015–2016 and Beyond

Also posted is a letter to administrator about the “State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Performance Standards Requirements for 2015–2016 and Beyond “ (10/6/15)  Follow the link at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2015/Commissioner_Willia ms_announces_STAAR_performance_standards_for_2015-2016_and_beyond/

 HB 2610 FAQ

TEA has posted a FAQ addressing HB 2610 (9/28/15).  See the link. At http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Frequently_A sked_Questions_Regarding_House_Bill_2610/

 STAAR Alt 2 Educator’s Guide (September 2015)

The STAAR Alt 2 Educator’s Guide has been updated for 2016.  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/

 Assessments for Students with Disabilities 2015 Fall Update TETN

TEA has posted a presentation on Assessments for Students with Disabilities 2015 Fall Update TETN (PDF posted 09/16/15.)  The imbedded link should take you to it.

 SHARS Reporting Requirements

TEA has posted updated information about SHARS reporting requirements (9/15/15).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/School_Healt h_and_Related_Services_(SHARS)_Reporting_Requirements/

 Legal Framework Updates - September 10, 2015

The Legal Framework has had several new updates.  See the following links:

 VISUAL IMPAIRMENT Framework updated

SPEECH OR LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT Framework updated

SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY Framework updated

ORTHOPEDIC IMPAIRMENT Framework updated

OTHER HEALTH IMPAIRMENT Framework updated

MULTIPLE DISABILITIES Framework updated

NONCATEGORICAL EARLY CHILDHOOD Framework updated

EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE Framework updated

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY Framework updated

AUTISM Framework updated

DEAF-BLINDNESS Framework updated

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY Framework updated

Accommodations Triangle 2016

TEA has posted the 2016 Accommodations Triangle at http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/Student_Assessment_Overvie w/Accommodation_Resources/2016_Accommodations_for_Students_with_Disabilities_Taking_State_ Assessments/

·         Active links on that page include:

o    Critical Information about Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

o    Standardized Oral Administration

o    2016 Linguistic Accommodations for ELLs Participating in the STAAR Program

Important Changes to the Texas Assessment 2015–2016

TEA has posted a letter to administrator titled Important Changes to the Texas Assessment Program for the 2015–2016 School Year (9/4/15).  See the letter at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Important_Changes_to_the_Texas_Assessment_Program_for_the_2015%E2%80%932016_School_Year/

SB 149 and Assessment Requirements for Graduation

TEA has updated the commissioner’s rules on Assessment Requirements for Graduation to reflect the changes made by SB 149.  See links at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/Commissioner_Rules_(TAC)/Adopted_Commissione r_of_Education_Rules_-_Not_Yet_Effective/ and http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/Commissioner_Rules_(TAC)/Adopted_Commissioner_of_Education_Rules_-_Not_Yet_Effective/

 

TEA News is courtesy of Lori Harris, Educational Diagnostician - Crosby ISD


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