Register now for Early Child Outcomes (SPP 7) and Alignment Training!

On February 4th, Region 13 will be offering the Spring 2013 Early Childhood Outcomes, SPP 7, training. This state mandated  training is free! All Early Childhood teachers should be trained, as well as all other member of the ECO team.   Register now at

Early Childhood Outcomes SPP 7 (SP1324223)

On February 7th, join us to learn how to access the general education curriculum for your preschoolers receiving special education services. Class fee is $40 and includes an Alignment Book and a full set of Classroom Center posters in either English or Spanish.  Register now at

Early Childhood Outcomes and Prekindergarten Guidelines Alignment: Accessing the Curriculum (SP1324224)

Early Childhood E-Learning Course is now Live!

Designed specifically for Early Childhood Educators!

E-Learning: Using the ECO to PreK Alignment Document to write Appropriate IEPs

Workshop ID:  SU1225026    (see flier)

Cost:  $60.00

Course Information :

  • This fully online and interactive e-learning course offers 5 modules of information and 10 CE credits.
  • This course will provide you with the building blocks of developing an IEP. So, regardless of which electronic IEP system you may use, these core principles and ideas will work across software programs, districts, and even the state you may currently work in.


  • Tour the ECO to PreK Guidelines Document
  • Decoding a Full and Independent Evaluation
  • Writing a solid, data-based PLAAFP
  • Writing appropriate goals connected to the general education curriculum

 For more information please contact:

Maryteresa Tracy 512.919.5181



August update on PPCD Location codes

TEA has created a Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ) for the PPCD Service Location codes. These location codes need to be corrected and in place for Fall snapshot date.

After viewing the attached forms, please email Brenda Bush at with questions and scenarios for which you need clarification of which code to use. These will be discussed at the first PPCD coordinators meeting Sept 19 and the first Special Education Leadership Network meeting on Sept 20. Please send your questions and scenarios as soon as possible.

PPCD Service Location Code Decision Tree

Final PPCD Service Location Code Descriptions

New PPCD Location codes

PPCD Service location codes are changing.

These codes are currently in PIEMS data standards, section 4, code Table ID C184. Attached are the new codes with explanation. TEA will be conducting a TETN with ESC personnel to help clarify the new codes.  Brenda Bush will share this information with districts through this blog, at the first special education director meeting and at the first PPCD coordinators meeting of the 2012-13 school year.
Please send Brenda Bush any scenarios you can think of that may be difficult to code or do not seem to be described well in the new coding. Also include which code you think it might be. These scenarios and ideas will be discussed at the TETN with TEA without district names being used.  Brenda’s email address is

What is the location code?
The PPCD-Service Location Code indicates whether or not the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities student receives their special education series in a regular early childhood program, which is defined as a program that is designed for typically developing children ages 3-5 and is not specifically or primarily designed for children with disabilities and includes a majority of at least 50 percent of non-disabled children.

Reason for the change:

Based on our review of preschool locator code data, the State has determined that the PEIMS PPCD-Service Location Code will need to include additional data codes to facilitate the collection of accurate and valid data for three- to five-year-old students in the regular early childhood program.

The added data codes encompass additional early education environments categories for a PPCD child ages 3-5. Please refer to the attached Code Table for a listing of the added codes. A decision making tree has been developed to provide guidance on using the PPCD service location code.
Final PPCD-Service-Location-Code Decision Tree

PPCD Location code explanation

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.

SPP 11 and 12: Child Find and Early Childhood Transition

TEA has provided more information and resources for the 2012 data submission for State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicators 11 and 12. Information about TEASE access was provided in a previous post to this blog. Other training materials have been posted to the Region XIII website for SPP.

SPP 11: Frequently Asked Questions

SPP 11: Instructions

SPP 11: Training PPT

SPP 12: Frequently Asked Questions

SPP 12:Instructions

SPP 12: Training PPT


For questions about Indicators 7, 11 and 12 please contact Brenda Bush at Region XIII: 512-919-5206/

Below is an email from the Division of Federal and State Education Policy at TEA. 

All LEAs are required to certify their data.  LEAs that have no students who meet the data collection criteria must still certify that they have no data to report for SPP 11 and 12.

SPP 11 and 12 online applications will open on July 1, 2012 for data
entry for the 2011-12 school year. There can only be one Certifier per
district for each SPP application.  If the person established as the
Certifier has left that position or the district, then that role will
need to be revoked by the Superintendent before a new Certifier can
apply for access. All LEAs are encouraged to review their TEASE roles
for all SPP applications.

All applications will close on August 31, 2012. LEAs are encouraged to
review their data submission prior to certification, in particular those
LEAs that are reporting noncompliance. After the closing date of August
31, 2012, the TEA cannot return data for any of the SPP applications and
there is NO appeals process.

Data certified and submitted by LEAs through the TEASE application for
Indicator SPP 11/12 is considered final and the LEA’s performance on the
compliance indicators will be used by the Agency in the annual
Determinations analysis. LEA’s performance on the compliance indicators
will be reflected in the LEA public reporting on SPP Indicators in the
spring. Any issues related to the submission of inaccurate data or the
non submission of data will be addressed by the Division of Program
Monitoring and Intervention.

*LEAs = districts and charter schools

Bloom’s Taxonomy- School Ready Webinar

Please join us on April 11 and May 9.
If you are unable to join us on the dates above, registered participants will have access to an archived recording of the webinar.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a helpful tool that challenges us to increase the rigor of our instruction,  but it can also be difficult to integrate Bloom’s into our daily instruction. This training aims to make this complex tool more user friendly by providing real life examples through video vignettes.

In Part 1 and Part 2, we will follow a pre-k teacher as she demonstrates each level of Bloom’s Taxonomy using a traditional early childhood theme. You will be asked to reflect on the video examples and apply your learning by planning similar questions and experiences that relate to a different theme.

Because of their complexity, particular attention will be given to the following Bloom’s Taxonomy levels: Analyze, Evaluate, and Create.

For more information and to watch a quick introduction video, click here.