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TEA has posted a Letter to Administrator informing districts about SB 149 that was just signed into law.  It deals with assessment and graduation requirements (5/11/15) See details athttp://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Assessment_G raduation_Requirements_as_Amended_by_Senate_Bill_(SB)_149/

TEA has posted a Letter to Administrator regarding recently signed legislation.  This bill eliminates the requirement that school districts and charter schools indicate on the high school diploma the distinguished level of achievement, endorsement(s), and performance acknowledgment(s) earned by a student who graduates on the Foundation High School Program. Please note that while this information is no longer required on the diploma, it must still be included on the academic achievement record (AAR), or transcript, for each student (Texas Education Code, §28.025(e-1)). This legislation applies beginning with high school diplomas awarded at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.  Go tohttp://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Information_Required_on_High_School_Diplomas_-_House_Bill_181/ and http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm#28.025

TEA has posted a Q&A about the 2015 STAAR Math Bridge Study.  (5/7/15)  See link athttp://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/

Information about the ELL progress measure has also been posted/updated (4/17/15, 4/27/15, 5/5/15). Go to http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ell/

TEA has posted information about Texas English Language Learner (ELL) Progress Measure Expectations (5/5/15, 4/27/15, 4/17/15).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/  

The Legal Framework has updated sections on Children Who Transfer and Children in Substitute Care (4/8/15).  See link at http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/ESC18-FW-UpdatesAuto.aspx?FID=108

TEA has posted changes to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program in the 2014–15 school year that will affect the 2015 state accountability system.  See link. (4/8/15) This gives more detail then the very brief email sent out at the end of the day yesterday.  The information referenced deals with the state not federal accountability systems. Get details athttp://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/2015/materials.html/

A letter to Admin Addressed was posted 4/6/15 about the Student Learning Objectives Pilot.   Sounds like a general education IEP to me. Interesting. . . . Go tohttp://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Student_Lear ning_Objectives_Pilot/ 

TEA has posted the 2015 STAAR Administration Manuals. (1/13/15) See link.http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/staar/manuals/

TEA has posted an updated 2014/15 testing calendar and a letter to districts discussing the changes made (12/12/14).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/   orhttp://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/correspondence/

The district coordinator manual for 2014/15 has also been posted (12/10/14).  See link athttp://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/manuals/dccm/

TEA has posted information about the 4th grade writing test design.  (12/4/14)  See link athttp://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/

Also published is a document on 2015 ELL assessment accommodation options athttp://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/accommodations/

TEA has posted the TETN power point for STAAR A Q&A (11/24/14).  See link athttp://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/STAARA/

Raw score conversion tables from the October EOC retests have been posted to the TEA website (11/20/14). Go tohttp://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Testing/TAKS_Resources/TAKS_Raw_Sc ore_Conversion_Tables_for_2014-2015/

Scoring guides for expository and personal narrative writing from the April 2014 STAAR have been posted to the TEA website (11/17/14).See details at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/

Region 10 has posted an interactive version of the Dyslexia Handbook.  Some of the features include imbedded links and pop up definitions.  Access the interactive handbook athttp://www.region10.org/interactive-dyslexia-handbook/chapter-1/

The 2014-15 LPAC framework document is now accessible from the TEA Website.  Go tohttp://programs.esc20.net/users/files/LPAC/2014-2015/Framework/Documents/01LPACFrameworkMa nual2014-2015.pdf  andhttp://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Special_Student_Populations/Bil ingual_and_English_as_a_Second_Language_Education_Programs/

TEA has posted the 2014 Higher Education Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities.  See attached or go to http://tcdd.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014-higher-ed-en_web.pdf

Also posted is a letter To The Administrator Addressed discussing Middle School Students Taking Algebra I. (11/10/14).  See link at http://tea.texas.gov/index4_wide.aspx?id=25769818803

The updated procedural safeguards are posted on the legal framework athttp://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx

TEA has issued a Guidance on Certain Education Questions Related to Ebola Virus in Texas document.  See link.  (10/20/14) http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769818382

The STAAR Alternative 2 and STAAR A pages on the TEA website has been updated (10/17/14) Go tohttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/  andhttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769817490&menu_id=793


HB 5 Passes – Testing, Graduation Requirements, Etc.
TEA has posted a brief overview of HB 5 which deals with testing requirements (6/12/13) at linkTEA Initial Assessment Requirements under HB 5


HB 5 (testing, graduation status, etc.) was signed by the Governor on 6/12/13.  See full text at HB 5. Download additional information at HB 5 Fiscal Note.


PEIMS Data Collection Calendar (7/31/14) and Handbook have been posted (8/1/14) at PEIMS 2014 - 2015 Data Collection Schedule and Student Attendance Accounting Handbook, respectively.

 

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the letter, he also notified Secretary Duncan that the state would be adding an additional year to the pilot program for the new teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. (7/23/14)  See link atCommissioner Seeks ESEA Waiver Extension and Extends Teacher Eval &  Support Systems Pilot

 

Concerned that school districts might struggle to pay for new instructional materials that are scheduled for implementation in fall of 2015, the State Board of Education voted to push its scheduled adoption of Proclamation 2016 instructional materials back by one year. (7/18/14) Go to Financial Concerns Delay Instructional Materials Adoption for the details.

 

The 2014 PBMAS manual has been posted to the web site (7/30/14).  Go to PBMAS Manuals to download a copy.

 

Also posted is a PowerPoint on STAAR A from TCASE (7/24/14) at Special Education Assessments Home Page


Stay current with TEASTAAR and legislative news for special educators and diagnosticians 
Websites that help you stay up-to-date on what is going on with Federal at State Issues:


 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

Digital Textbooks and Technology Roundtable – November 17, 2015

The State Board of Education will host a learning roundtable on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Austin to explore the increasing use of digital textbooks and technology in the classroom and hear from state and national experts in the field of Education.  (11/10/15)  See link for additional information at http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2015/State_Board_of_Education_to_explore_digital_textbooks_and_technology_use_in_Texas_schools/

Legal Framework has had several updates during May 2015.  A list of current updates and a link to the framework is provided below.  Go to http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/ESC18-FW-UpdatesAuto.aspx?DT=G&LID=en

May 13, 2015 - PRIVATE SCHOOL CHILDREN Framework updated

May 13, 2015 - AGES 0-5 Framework updated

May 13, 2015 -  ADULT STUDENT Framework updated

May 13, 2015 - PARENT Framework updated

May 13, 2015 - MENTAL HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS Framework updated

May 13, 2015 - DYSLEXIA SERVICES Framework updated

May 13, 2015 - CLOSING THE GAP Framework updated

May 13, 2015 - CHILD FIND DUTY Framework updated

May 12, 2015 - RESTRAINT AND TIME-OUT Framework updated

April 29, 2015 - PARENT PARTICIPATION Framework updated

April 29, 2015 - AUDITORY IMPAIRMENT Framework updated

April 29, 2015 - VISUAL IMPAIRMENT Framework updated

April 29, 2015 - EVALUATION PROCEDURES Framework updated

April 29, 2015 - INCARCERATION Framework updated

http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/ESC18-FW-UpdatesAuto.aspx?DT=G&LID=en

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