FIE to IEP – the ABCs of a Well-Written Plan

Team workFIE to IEP pictureThere are many aspects to writing a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP). These documents, when well-written, can be assets to the students they are designed for as well as their teachers.  It takes a multidisciplinary team to create such dynamic and effective plans.

This two-day training will focus on combining the details of a Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) with the knowledge of good instructional practice to write powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goalsTeams that include both assessment personnel and special education teachers will benefit from working together during these two days.

Participants will leave with tools to support their efforts for well-written IEPs aligned to the standards.  This intensive instruction will allow time for participant practice, reflection, and  individual questions.

IEP Best Practice: FIE to IEP

January 5 and 6, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Register for this workshop, SP1736044, in Ecampus.

For additional information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net or

Joy Hunsucker, joy.hunsucker@esc13.txed.net

 

Write Powerful PLAAFPs and Standards-Based Goals!

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There are many aspects to writing a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP). This one-day training will focus on writing powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goals.  Participants will leave with easy-to-use tools to support their efforts for well-written IEPs.  This intensive instruction includes participant practice and reflection.  This training is for ANY special education teacher (PPCD to high school) who writes IEPs.

IEP Best Practices: PLAAFP and Goal Writing

December 6, 2016

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Register for this workshop, FA1634655, in Ecampus.

For additional information, contact Kim West at kim.west@esc13.txed.net

STAAR Alternate 2 Spring 2017 Essence Statements are posted

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The Essence Statements for the Spring 2017 STAAR Alternate 2 administration have been posted at: http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/essence/

Region 13 is offering an optional STAAR Alternate 2 Overview workshop (SP1735985) on February 6, 2017 for first time administrators. TEA does not require additional training beyond the campus test administration and confidentiality session. Registration is open at https://ecampus.esc13.net/catalog.html#url=/show_class_info.html%3Fclassid%3D35985

For questions on STAAR Alternate 2, consult the TEA Resources page at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/ or contact Ann Jacobson at ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net or Darcy Schiller at darcy.schiller@esc13.txed.net

 

 

TED Tips: Transition and Employment Guide

The Texas Transition & Employment Guide was required by the same legislation that created the Transition & Employment Services Designee (TED). Developed by a team of stakeholders from across the state, this guide was first published in 2014 and is posted to the Transition in Texas website (in English and Spanish).

The Texas Transition & Employment Guide includes:

  • Sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives
  • Phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need
  • Timeline of steps that students and families can take as they make the transition from student to adult

If you are the TED for your district or charter school you should be very familiar with this guide. Be sure that you know how to use it to learn more about services in Texas or to help students/families access these services and understand the transition process based on their needs and goals.

Texas Education Code §29.0112 (e) requires that a school district shall:
(1) post the transition and employment guide on the district’s website if the district  maintains a website; and
(2) provide written information and, if necessary, assistance to a parent regarding how to access the electronic version of the guide at:
(A) the first meeting of the student’s admission, review, and dismissal committee at which transition is discussed; or
(B) the first committee meeting that occurs after the date the guide becomes available, if a student has already had an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting discussing transition. 

 

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

 

STAAR Alternate 2 Update

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Good news!

Based on the September 23rd STAAR Alternate 2 TETN on September 23, 2016 , there are only minimal changes to STAAR Alternate 2 for the April 2017 test administration.

 

 

Key dates for the 2017 administration are:

March 17, 2017 – last day for Test Administrator Training

March 20-31, 2017 – Preview Window for teachers to prepare needed accommodations

April 3-21, 2017 – Assessment Window

April 24-15, 2017 – Verification Window (new)

The soon-to-be published Test Administrator Manual will have clarified policies on Confidentiality, Security of Materials, Presentation Instructions, and Scoring Instructions.

Minor changes in Allowable Accommodations include the elimination of Photocopying which is replaced with photocopying guidelines in the Test Administrator Manual.  “Use calculator to arrive at response” has been expanded to “Use calculator, manipulatives, or math tools to arrive at response” and the accommodation on rereading sections of the text has been re-worded.

There were reminders from TEA on the No Authentic Academic Response (NAAR) designation:

  1. State assessment decisions are to be reviewed annually. Students who received a NAAR designation in the previous year should be monitored for skill development and be reconsidered annually.
  2. There should be evidence in the student’s IEP beyond the NAAR Eligibility Requirements form. The decision should be supported in the PLAAFP statement. The types of activities attempted with the student (released tests, daily instructional activities) and the outcomes should be recorded in the deliberations or elsewhere.

Already posted documents include:

Documents still to come:

  • Essence Statements (scheduled for October and henceforth will come in October, not the spring as they had previously)
  • The PowerPoint slides from September 23rd TETN (any day)
  • STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administration Manual (different from the Educator Guide which provides general guidance for the year)
  • TEKS Curriculum Frameworks (to include the updated Pre-K guidelines)

If you are a Region 13 district or charter school employee and  would like to view the September 23, 2016 STAAR Alternate 2 TETN, contact distancelearning@esc13.txed.net and ask for the recording of TETN Event # 43175.

Contacts:  Ann Jacobson at ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net, Darcy Schiller at darcy.schiller@esc13.txed.net, Ann Jinkins at ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net or the TEA STAAR Alternate 2 team at staaralt@tea.texas.gov

What we know about the new online STAAR…

TEA has shared information on the new online version of STAAR that will be available beginning in March 2017.  STAAR A and STAAR L will no longer be used as the online version will take their place.  What we know is limited to the communication from State Assessment:

  • The new version will have embedded accommodations, accessibility feature, and non-embedded accommodations (not in the platform)
  • There will be embedded accommodations for text to speech, language and vocabulary supports, and content supports
  • Accessibility features will be included (TBD)
  • Accommodations students use during STAAR administration will be selected on the basis of documentation in the IEP of current instructional accommodations, routinely and effectively used in the classroom; students will receive only the specific accommodations he or she uses
  • If students’ ARDs or Section 504 committees had selected STAAR A assessments for Spring 2017, IEP/504 plan will need to be updated to reflect each assessment the student will take and the specific embedded accommodations and non-embedded accommodations (i.e., supports that are not part of the technology platform) that the student requires during testing.  It will be a case by case decision as to update through an ARD or through an IEP amendment.
  • The accessibility features that are available to all students in the online version of STAAR do not need to be listed in a student’s IEP or Section 504 plan, unless the student’s ARD or Section 504 committee wants to ensure that the student uses a certain feature.

We have a list of questions as we are sure you do about the new online STAAR.  A TETN is scheduled Friday, September 23rd, 9:00-12:00 at which TEA will share additional information and address questions.  Please feel free to join us at Region 13 in Treaty Oak to learn and problem solve with us.

STAAR Online Administrations Beginning in March 2017

Contacts: Kim West kim.west@esc13.txed.net, Ann Jacobson ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net, or Ann Jinkins ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net

WELCOME TO ACCOMMODATION CENTRAL

ACentral homeIf you’re an educator trying to decipher all of your students’ accommodations and wondering what specifically they mean and if they’re really even effective, then you’ll really appreciate this new website designed with your needs in mind.  Welcome to Accommodation Central…..

Accommodation Central (www.acentral.education) is your ONE online stop for current information on supports for students. Here you will find everything you need: appropriate accommodations, practical tips, deeper learning, and a secure connected community.

www.acentral.education provides quick access to accommodations that support student learning. Each accommodation includes a summary, brief description, examples, steps for implementation, and state testing allowability. Multimedia supports such as pictures, videos, printable templates, and links for additional resources will soon be added. The site also includes a learning library for increasing knowledge of accommodations and related topics. Another unique feature of this site is the virtual community where users will be able to share ideas and questions with other educators, read and respond to blogs, participate in polls, surveys, and live question and answer sessions.  Wherever you find yourself on the site you can be assured that the information is updated and current.

So please check out www.acentral.education and join our community today.

 

Texas Public Prekindergarten Class Size and Student-to-Teacher Ratio Study

In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, passed House Bill (HB) 4 focused on high-quality prekindergarten programming. A key aspect of the bill was authorizing and funding the HB 4 High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant program, which the Texas Education Agency (TEA) awarded in July 2016 for the 2016–17 school year. HB 4 also specified expansion of early education reporting requirements for all Texas public schools offering a prekindergarten program beginning in the 2016–17 school year. Finally, HB 4 specified that a study be conducted to understand the relationship between quality and class size and student-to-teacher ratios in prekindergarten.

Recommendations from the study:

Class size guidelines should be set to a maximum not to exceed 22 students per prekindergarten classroom. Given the class size recommendation, a student-to-teacher ratio not to exceed 11:1 is recommended for all public prekindergarten classes with between 16 and 22 students. In cases where class size is 15 or fewer students, a student-to-teacher ratio should not exceed 15:1. However, following these guidelines alone will not ensure conditions for high-quality prekindergarten classrooms.
The full report and executive summary are available from the links below:

Texas Public Prekindergarten Class Size and Student-to-Teacher Ratio Study (ICF International, September 2016)

Executive Summary (12 pages)

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TED Tips: Agency Connections

One role of the Transition & Employment Services Designee (TED) is to “provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services and interagency coordination” (TEC §29.011).

Here are a few ways to accomplish this:

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

 

TED Tips: Intro to TEDs

Welcome to TED Tips, a blog series devoted to supporting the Transition & Employment Services Designee. Today’s post will cover the basics.

What is a TED?

Beginning in July 2014, each district/charter school is required to designate one staff member to serve as the Transition & Employment Services Designee (also known as the TED). This is reflected in Texas Education Code 29.011.

What does the TED do?

According to TEC §29.011, “An individual designated under this subsection must provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services and interagency coordination to ensure that local school staff communicate and collaborate with:
(1) students enrolled in special education programs under this subchapter and the parents of those students; and
(2) as appropriate, local and regional staff of the:
(A) Health and Human Services Commission;
(B) Department of Aging and Disability Services;
(C) Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services;
(D) Department of State Health Services; and
(E) Department of Family and Protective Services.”

Use this checklist to review your processes. Note that TEA has not yet developed training guidelines for the TED. Stay tuned for those requirements to be clarified, and consider attending the Texas Transition workshop at your ESC.

Region 13 will offer this workshop on Monday, November 7 from 9:00 to 4:00. Cost is $45 (workshop ID: FA1634835)

Who is my TED?

Search for your district or charter school on the Transition & Employment Services Designee list at the Legal Framework website. Click the icon to the right for contact information, and click the icon further to the right to open the link to your district’s website where the Texas Transition & Employment Guide is posted.

Is this the same TED as in “AskTED”?

Nope. AskTED is an online directory of schools and service centers in Texas, and is not related to the Transition & Employment Services Designee. There’s also something called TEDS, which are the Texas Education Data Standards for PEIMS and TSDS. Be sure you know which TED you’re talking about!

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

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