Archive for January, 2011

OSEP Memo – Timely Evaluations in the RTI World

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), has recently published a memo regarding RTI and timely evaluations.  We have highlighted some of the important aspects of the memo below. What’s in the memo? The intent of this memo is to provide information clarifying the relationship between RTI and evaluations pursuant to the IDEA.  […]

Facilitated IEPs

Are you keeping up with the latest? Are you familiar with a Facilitated IEP (FIEP)? If a parent asks, how will you respond? Facilitated IEP (FIEP) refers to the national trend of having a neutral facilitator for ARD meetings. A neutral facilitator is used most frequently when school and parent relationships are strained. However, the use of facilitation skills by ALL ARD members, […]

Decisions…Decisions…

It’s that time of year……the TAKS season is upon us.  Students will begin testing soon.  How can you be sure that each student will be taking the appropriate test?  ARD committees may need some helpful guidance.  Attached is a tool for examining the alignment of TAKS decisions based on student need and state requirements.  To […]

Lone Star Legal Institute

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in an update on  legal  issues that affect special education.   The Lone Star Legal Institute for Educators is a one-day institute featuring national, state and regional speakers addressing critical and timely issues for campus/district leaders in providing quality special education services.    Click here for more information […]

Which test should they take?

Choosing the best statewide assessment for a student with a disability is a critical decision for every IEP team. Many different factors influence and support the choice of one statewide assessment over another, especially when the student may need to take an alternate assessment.  In some situations, the  federal 1% and 2% proficiency cap rule […]

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