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State Guidance


The purpose of this web page is to provide interested stakeholders (parents, school personnel, advocates, etc.) with timely guidance on the provision of special education services in Texas. Guidance may take the form of links to state resources or short responses to commonly asked questions. This content is updated as new information becomes available. 

Bill Information from the 83rd Legislature:

ARD Guide Production and Required Dissemination
Updated: January 2012

Guidance related to ARD Committee and Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Collaboration
Updated: November 2010

Guidance on assessing students with disabilities: Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), including TAKS (Accommodated), TAKS-Modified (TAKS-M), or TAKS-Alternate (TAKS-Alt). Updated: April 2008

Commissioner's Rules (Currently in Effect)
Guidance on the implementation of newly adopted Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services. Updated: November 2007

Complaint Resolution Process
Guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions has been posted. Updated: January 2008

Determinations, Local Education Agency (LEA)
Guidance on new IDEA 2004 requirements concerning assignment of determination levels for LEAs. Updated: June 2008

Determinations, State
Guidance on new IDEA 2004 requirements concerning assignment of determination levels for states. Updated: June 2008

Discipline and School Removals
Guidance on Discipline-related School Removals, Assessmen in Disciplinary Settings, Restraint and Time-Out. Updated: August 2008

Disproportionate Representation and Significant Disproportionality
Guidance on state and local educational agency responsibilities related to new IDEA 2004 requirements concerning Disproportionality. Updated: July 2008

Dispute Resolution Processes (Complaints Investigation, Mediation, Due Process Hearings)
Guidance about the dispute resolution processes facilitated by the Texas Education Agency has been posted. Links include guidance from Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) and the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Last Reviewed: May 2008


Region 10 Education Service Center's Dyslexia Program provides both regional and state assistance to districts, charter schools, universities, parents, service centers, and other entities in the area of dyslexia. The Dyslexia Handbook has been updated and English and Spanish versions are available on the TEA Division of Curriculum's web page.

Early Childhood Transition (Part C to Part B)

The following state resources are available for parents, school personel, and Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) service providers to achieve effective transtion from the Part C (Birth to two) to Part B (three to twenty-one) systems.

  • Beyond ECI focuses on the effective transition of children exiting Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services. This document provides accurate and consistent information to bridge communication between agencies and families while promoting a continuum of services for children. English version (3.08MB) | Spanish version (2.32MB)
  • Early Transition Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    The purposes of this MOU is to define roles and responsibilities between the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) within the respective federal and state mandates; enhance interagency collaboration and relationships; and coordinate an effective system of activities, policies and procedures between the TEA and the ECI which guide and support the development and implementation of transition services for families of children with disabilities who are approaching age three.
  • Joint Guidance (25.46KB) issued by: Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) concerning New Part B Early Childhood Transition Reporting Requirements 
  • Key Elements of Early Transition (KEET)
    The KEET Guide and KEET Checklist provide guidance for building of relationships between local Early Childhood Intervention programs and Local Educational Agencies as they work together to develop, maintain, evaluate, and refine their collaborative systems for the smooth transition of children and their families who leave Early Childhood Intervention services and enter public school services. Updated: January 2008

Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)
Updated: July 2008

This web page contains links to Texas Administrative Code, TEA Division of Curriculum documents, and the implementation of SB 673 (participation of students with disabilities in graduation ceremonies). Updated: July 2008

Highly Qualified Requirements for Special Education Teachers (259.33KB)
The purpose of this web page is to provide guidance for Special Education teachers and administrators on NCLB Highly Qualified requirements and links to Agency resources. Updated: January 2008.

Guidance on Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness). Updated: September 2008

Interpreter Certification Guidance
State Guidance regarding the new federal requirements for providing interpreting services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing has been posted. Updated: October 2008

Inviting State Agencies to ARD Committee Meetings
Guidance for Local Education Agencies to invite representatives of any agencies likely to provide or pay for transition services for 16 year or older students with disabilities and to protect a student’s confidential information from unauthorized disclosure to agencies that participate in the ARD committee meeting.

Parent Information

Texas Project FIRST (Families Information Resources Support and Training) is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents & families of students with disabilities.

The Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the statewide network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI's) in Texas. The programs and services of PRN are based on the concept of parents helping parents. The mission of PRN is to empower parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children and to promote partnerships among parents and professionals.

Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Guidance
Guidance on data collection requirements in PEIMS. Updated: October 2007

Prior Written Notice Guidance
Posted: October 2010

Procedural Safeguards Production and Required Dissemination
Updated: January 2012

Related Services
Two Guidance documents are available on the subject of Related Services. Updated: August 2009

Revocation of Parental Consent for Special Education Services
Posted: May 2009 

Secondary Transition
Last updated: January 2008

Section 504
Last Updated: February 2008

Staff Development TEC §21.451
Guidance for Local Education Agencies to provide training and appropriate documentation to a teacher who works outside of special education if the teacher does not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the individualized education program (IEP) developed for a student with disabilities.

Standards-Based Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Updated: June 2010

Statewide Leadership Functions and Projects
Links to the statewide leadership functions which address state priorities, such as: Access to the General Curriculum, Evaluation, Assistive Technology, Technical Assistance and Training for the Visually Impaired, Discipline/Behavior Management, Three Low Incidence Disabilities, Multicultural and Diverse Learners, and Parent Coordination. Links to the statewide leadership projects which address state needs, such as: Comprehensive System of Personnel Development, the Legal Framework, Texas Autism Conference, and the Texas Effectiveness Study. Last Reviewed: May 2008

Student Handbook Statement
Guidance on the written statement pertaining to "Options and Requirements For Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties
or Who Need or May Need Special Education Services" has been posted. Updated: August 2007

Traumatic Brain Injury
Information about the issue of Traumatic Brain Injury, includes links to resources. Updated: August 2007 


Division of Federal and State Education Policy 
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1494
Phone: (512) 463-9414 | Fax: (512) 463-9560

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