Archive for December, 2016

2016-2017 Final IDEA-B Entitlement and any Carryover Amount

Final amounts for programs in the 2016-2017 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application are now available on the Grants Administration Division Federal Entitlements web page. TEA staff will initiate budget adjustments to the largest budgeted class/object code to incorporate the final amounts and any carryover amounts. The LEA’s approved budget, reflected on Schedule BS6006—Program Budget Summary […]

Take A Break…But Not From Learning

“Take A break from education, but not learning…” These were the words of Martha Saucedo, 2016 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, in a recent post entitled, “Make The Most of Your Break”. She suggested that students make the most of their break by learning something new, having fun and giving back. I found Martha’s […]

Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems Handbook October 2016

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has updated its Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems Handbook.  The handbook is designed to assist parents, school officials, and other interested parties in understanding and working through TEA’s special education dispute resolution system. It provides information on individualized education program (IEP) facilitation, mediation, due process hearings, and state complaints.  The […]

STAAR Update

Participation Counts Collection for May 2017 Administrations Districts must participate in this online process to receive the correct quantities of test materials for the May 2017 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) grades 3-8 administration. The participation counts collection window for the May 2017 STAAR administrations opens on December 12, 2016. Participation counts […]

TEA Public Hearing on Proposed Camera Rule

The Texas Education Agency has posted notice on a public hearing to solicit testimony and input on the proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 103, Health and Safety, Subchapter DD, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Video Surveillance of Certain Special Education Settings, §103.1301, Video Surveillance of Certain Special Education Settings. This public hearing will be held at […]

High Quality Prekindergarten Grant, Implementation Guide

Since the start of the 2016-2017 school year, many High Quality Prekindergarten grantees have reached out to agency staff with questions regarding how to implement and meet the requirements within the grant. TEA has just released the High Quality Prekindergarten Grant, 2016-2017 Implementation Guide.  As you read through the Guide you will find that this […]

2016 TAPR Template & School Report Cards

2016 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) & Template The final 2015–16 TAPR for your district and each campus in your district are now available at the following link. As part of Texas Education Code requirements, each district must hold a hearing … Continue reading

Spring into Elementary Math!

Flyer – Elem Math Spring 2017 Spring is just around the corner! Our distinguished speaker is scheduled for January AND our STAAR Target workshops begin in January. We are excited to offer a variety of courses from Fractions to Problem Solving and the highly popular topic, Number Talks! There’s something for everyone. Please forward the […]

Deadline for Discount – Dec. 16th

Register by December 16, 2016 to receive a 10% discount. (Promo code: Math2017) On January 31, 2017, Kim will present her new workshop: Establishing Critical Math Routines K-5. Please join us for this fun, amazing day of math! This NEW workshop for K-5 will focus on how to take short amounts of time in the […]

The Value of Soft Skills for Students

More and more schools and school districts are engaging in dialogue around the benefits of soft skills for students amid the goals and expectations of high academic achievement. However, we know that colleges and employers expect more soft skills in conjunction with academic knowledge. They ask: Do you possess integrity? How well do you work […]