Archive for May, 2012

Ask and You Shall Receive…This Time

At the most recent AYP TETN, a participant from a district asked the TEA reps to reconsider the July 6th deadline for submitting the 2% Cap Priority List. The list was made available to districts via TEASE on May 22nd with the understanding that any an…

Planning Amounts to Be Available for Formula Grants

Planning amounts for the following formula grants will be available on the Division of Grants Administration Federal Entitlements page on or around the dates specified: 2012–2013 Title I, Part C, Carl D. Perkins formula grant: Planning amounts availa…

Sequestration: Preparing for a Possible Reduction in Federal Funds

On May 29, 2012, the Division of Grants Administration published a letter on the TEA Correspondence page describing the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA’s) response to a possible reduction in federal education funding. Known as sequestration, the p…

STAAR Parent Letter Templates

Help me Obi Wan…er, ESC Region 13. You’re my only hope! -STAAR Wars We’ve had lots of questions regarding STAAR 3-8 raw score reports and how to report this information to stakeholders and parents. Know that it is a local decision as …

Another Leaving a Clear Trail Update: 2012 Minimum Standards Are Here!

Etta James said it best: “At Last . . . ” The Minimum Standards for the AAR have been revised for 2012. The new document has been published to the TEA website. As expected, the changes reflect the new STAAR EOC assessments. Key changes for…

School’s Out for the Summer?

Want to learn more about assistive technology or iPads this summer?  If so, here are some free resources  for archived webinars and recorded video trainings that address both general and specific information.  The list includes an iPad 101 video …

2012-2013 Tentative Entitlements

The Texas Education Agency has given a tentative date of June 1 for the release of the federal special education tentative entitlements for 2012-2013. When more information is release from the Texas Education Agency, a blog will be posted. For assista…

NSTA New Science Teacher Academy

The National Science Teachers Association is offering a New Science Teacher Academy. Participants receive an all expenses paid trip to the NSTA Nation Conference, full membership in NSTA, access to facilitated, web based curriculum, web seminars, e-men…

STAAR Data Releases

We have a couple of STAAR updates for y’all today but first we’d like to say CONGRATS to all of you for reaching the end of the semester in one piece! Many of you are closing out the school year on Friday and you sincerely deserve a high fi…

2012-2013 Special Education Leadership Network Meetings

ESC Region XIII’s leadership network for special education directors will focus on state and regional priorities and is intended to provide current information and networking opportunities for directors as they implement special education program…