Looking for Summer PD? Early Childhood Institute meets Beat the Heat 2012

What: Early Childhood Institute Meets Beat the Heat 2012

ESC Region XIII’s Beat the Heat and Early Childhood conferences are combining forces this year to provide a three-day professional development opportunity for educators and parents who work with children with special needs. The specific focus will address the needs of all children ages 3-5 and children with significant disabilities ages 6-21.

When: July 23, 24, 25   July 23 is a pre-conference day consisting of six day-long sessions to provide an in-depth learning opportunity at a more advanced level.  July 24 and 25 follow the more traditional format of a keynote speaker, Dan Habib, with breakout sessions.  Choose to attend either July 23, July 24 and 25, or all three days!

Where: ESC Region 13

See this flyer for more information, including topics presented on July 23, strands for July 24-25, and costs for attending.

STAAR Alternate 2012-2013


While school staff finishes up the initial administration of STAAR Alternate, the TEA STAAR Alternate Team has been planning next year’s assessment.

What we know so far:

1. Essence Statements for Spring 2013 administration are posted at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/essence/

2. Assessment tasks will be posted in August after they have been reviewed by educator committees in July.

3. The Participation Requirements will not change for next year.

4. The “ARD Guide for Determining High School STAAR Alternate Assessments” has been updated and is posted at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/partreqs/

For any STAAR Alternate questions, the ESC Region XIII contact is  Ann Jacobson, ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net, 512.919.5167.

For Graduation Requirements questions, the ESC Region XIII contact is Elizabeth Schroeder, elizabeth.schroeder@esc13.txed.net, 512.919.5182.


Course Codes for Modified Curriculum

The PEIMS C022 Table has been revised to include course codes (Service ID Codes) for students who need modified curriculum in courses linked to STAAR EOC (End of Course) assessments.

Region XIII has created a document to help you review the new codes and their corresponding assessment.

You can access the C022 Table here.

Alternate Assessment Change for 2011-2012

The Texas Education Agency via TETN announced this morning that STAAR-Alternate will be the only assessment administered for students with significant cognitive disabilities beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. While TAKS, TAKS-A and TAKS-M will still be administered to students in grade 10 and 11, TAKS-Alt will NOT be available for 10th and 11th grade students meeting the criteria for the most significant cognitive disabilities.

Pat Otto, the Alternate Assessment Manager at TEA provided the attached document to explain the rationale for this decision and how state testing requirements will be met for the affected students.

More details will be coming in the Alternate Assessment TETN scheduled for May 12th from 1 – 3 pm, but we wanted you to have this information as soon as possible because of its implications for ARD Committee decisions and summer training.

Please feel free to contact Ann  Jacobson at ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net if you have any questions about the transition to STAAR-Alternate.

TETN April 5, 2011 Document

TAKS-ALT Participation Requirement Criteria

Blog Post on Assessment Decisions for Students with Disabilities

Graduation Changes for Students with IEPs

The new STAAR EOC assessments and the revisions to Commissioner’s Rule 89.1070 will impact ARD committee decisions this spring. What should districts and campuses do now to prepare for the 2011-12 school year?

Guidance from TEA related to these changes is still pending.  ESC Region XIII has created two documents to help districts begin to address the new rules and assessments. Use the following links to access the documents:

Graduation Changes: What Districts Should Consider (Spring_2011)

89.1070: Outline of New Rules (UPDATED OCTOBER 2011)

Who Can I Contact at Region XIII?

For questions related to graduation for students with IEPs:

Elizabeth Schroeder
Education Specialist for Transition


For questions related to accommodations/modifications for instruction and assessment:

Cathy Miller
Education Specialist for Access to General Curriculum (AGC)