The Texas Education Code (TEC) §26.0081 amended by the 78th Legislature in 2003 requires the Texas Education Agency to provide school districts and charter schools a written statement of the options and requirements for providing assistance to students who have learning difficulties or who need, or may need, special education services.
The statement must explain that the parent is entitled at any time to request evaluation for special education services and must be distributed in a written form to each parent every year. It may be included in the student handbook or disseminated through other means such as a letter or newsletter to each parent ensuring that each parent is provided a copy.
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For any questions regarding this requirement, please contact your regional education service center special education component or the Division of IDEA Coordination at 512.463.9414.
The implementation of activities associated with Response to Intervention (RtI) may be described as a model addressing the needs of all students through a continuum of services and should not be used to delay or deny an evaluation for a student suspected of having a disability (Office of Special Education (OSEP) Memorandum on RtI, January 2011).
There is additional information regarding RtI at the following links: Division of Curriculum and Division of IDEA Coordination.
The Region 18 Education Service Center’s Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process webpage provides current copies of two informative documents that provide important information regarding the rights of parents and the special education process. These two documents are titled; the Procedural Safeguards and A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process documents.
Division of Federal and State Education Policy
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1494
Phone: (512) 463-9414 | Fax: (512) 463-9560
Last Updated: July 10, 2012 | Created: April 26, 2004