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Updates for Special Education Referral Process

Beginning with the 2017 school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) changed the way it reports special education enrollment in school systems. TEA not longer includes a target for a school system's total numbers of students in special education as part of state monitoring.

For special education representation, TEA only reports on over-representation within certain race, ethnicity and disability categories, as required by federal law. School systems cannot use this reporting data to delay, deny or prevent a referral for an evaluation for special education services.

Special Education/IDEA Eligibility:

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, also known as IDEA, is a federal law that gives eligible students with disabilities the right to receive special education services and assistance in school. To be eligible for special education services, a student with a disability must need instruction that is specially designed to meet the student's unique needs based on the disability.

Who can request an evaluation for special education?

Parents or Guardians:

A parent or guardian has the right to request a special education evaluation at any time. It is best to submit this request in writing to your school's principal or to the school district's special education director. If your child is pre-school age and not yet enrolled in school, send the letter to the district's special education director.

School:

If the school knows or  has reason to suspect that the student has a disability and a need for special education services, the school must refer the student for a special education evaluation.

More information on evaluation timelines can be found at: direc.to/dVYR

Family members can call or log on to find answers to their questions as well as general information about special education.

Website: SpEdTex.org
Call: 1.855.773.3839

Contact Person for Special Education Referrals

School: Student's Enrolled Campus
Contact Person: Campus Counselor
Phone Number: 281-576-2221
To begin the special education process for your child: Please call the school counselor

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