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Guidance on ARD Guide Production and Required Dissemination


Effective January 2012

About A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process (ARD Guide)

The ARD Guide is produced to implement Texas Education Code (TEC) Section 26.0081 requiring the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to create a comprehensive, easily understood document which explains the individualized education program (IEP) process for a student in a special education program. Additionally, the ARD Guide incorporates a parents’ rights and responsibilities concerning the ARD process.

The ARD Guide contains information that parents need to effectively participate in an ARD committee meeting for their child. The ARD Guide is intended to be a companion document to, not a replacement for, the Procedural Safeguards, which identifies parents’ rights and responsibilities in federal law. The purpose of the ARD Guide is to encourage a common understanding for parents, school personnel, and communities of the IEP process for a student with disabilities.

The ARD Guide is intended to be a living document. In order for it to reflect timely and accurate information, the ARD Guide will be reviewed on a regular basis. The most current version of the ARD Guide will contain a production date on the cover and in the footer of the document.


LEAs are required to provide the most current version of the ARD Guide to parents of students with disabilities prior to the first ARD committee meeting or upon a parent’s request. LEAs are responsible for the initial dissemination of the ARD Guide; however, once a parent receives a copy of the ARD Guide, updated versions may be provided by the LEA upon request.


Schools are encouraged to maintain a record of dissemination in the child’s eligibility folder in case of compliance review through the State’s monitoring system.

Language Requirements

Currently, the ARD Guide is available in English and Spanish only.


Education service centers (ESCs) will continue to assist the State in the production of the ARD Guide. However, if an ESC cannot provide copies to a local education agency (LEA), the LEA (school district or charter school) is responsible for producing and disseminating the current version of the ARD Guide to parents available on the Region 18 Education Service Center's Legal Framework IDEA 2004 Web site.

Technical Assistance

LEAs may contact their regional ESC for the most current copies of the ARD Guide or produce their own copies for dissemination. Parents should contact their school district or charter school for a copy of updates to the ARD Guide. Parents can contact the following Parent Resources to help with understanding the special education process or call the Texas Education Agency's toll free Parent Information Line.

Parent Resources

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.

TEA Toll Free Parent Information Line: 1-800-252-9668

This toll free message line is reserved for parents and other family members who have questions about student rights and regulatory requirements as they relate to special education complaint investigations, mediations, and due process hearings. Calls are returned by trained professionals during normal business hours. For Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: TTY Number: (512) 475-3540 Relay Texas 7-1-1.

Division of Federal and State Education Policy
1701 North Congress Avenue | Austin, Texas 78701-1494
Telephone: 512.463.9414 | Fax: 512.463.9560

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