A request for a special education evaluation may be made verbally; it does not need to be made in writing. Districts must still comply with all federal prior-written notices and procedural safeguard requirements as well as the requirements for identifying, locating, and evaluating children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education. However, a verbal request does not require the district to respond within the 15 school-day timeline.

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ARD Committee Can Waive Additional STAAR Tests

With the passage of HB 657 during the 85th Texas Legislative Session, an ARD committee is now required to meet before the second administration of the STAAR reading or mathematics assessment when a student receiving special education services in grade 5 or 8 fails to perform satisfactorily on the first administration.

During this meeting, the ARD committee must determine the required accelerated instruction and if the student will be promoted or retained. The bill adds that promotion must be based on the student's performance on his or her IEP goals. The student is not required to take the subsequent STAAR administrations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Lori May, Director of Special Education Denison ISD (903)462-7020.


El Comité de ARD puede omitir pruebas adicionales de STAAR

Debido a la sanción de la ley HB 657 durante la Sesión Legislativa nro. 85, se requiere que el comité de ARD se reúna antes de la segunda administración de la prueba STAAR de lectura y matemáticas cuando un estudiante recibe servicios de educación especial en el 5to. o 8vo.  grado y no logra un desempeño satisfactorio en la primera administración.


Durante ésta reunión, el comité de ARD debe determinar la instrucción acelerada requerida y si el estudiante será promovido o retenido.  La ley agrega que la promoción debe basarse en el desempeño del estudiante con respecto a las metas del IEP.  Al estudiante no se le requiere que tome pruebas subsecuentes de STAAR.


Si usted tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor no dude en contactar a Lori may, Directora del Departamento de Educación Especial, Denison ISD Special Education, (903)462-7020.   


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