2017-2017 SPED Consolidated Grant Revised Final Allocations

The final allocations have been calculated for the 2016-17 IDEA-B Formula Grant in the Special Education Consolidated Grant Application.

TEA is completing budget adjustments the week of June 19, 2017; the application may display in eGrants as “available” however TEA is asking LEAs NOT to make changes to applications at this time.

Once the budget adjustments process is complete, TEA will notify LEAs via the listserv that the system will be reopened for submission of amendments, if necessary.

You are encouraged to review the information in the “When to Amend the Application” document on the Administering a Grant page of the TEA website to determine if an amendment is necessary.

Contact Linda McDaniel (linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net) for support.

IDEA-B MOE Compliance Review Posted to GFFC Reports

The IDEA-B MOE Compliance Reviews for 2015-16 have been posted to GFFC Reports and Data Collections in TEASE.  This compliance report is needed for completion of the consolidated grant.

Individual enforcement letters containing further instructions will be sent directly to LEA superintendents of districts in non-compliance with MOE regarding submission of refunds.

The report title is: IDEA-B LEA MOE Compliance Review

The school year is: 2015-2016

TEA To the Administrator Addressed LEA MOE Compliance Reviews


Contact Ann Jinkins or Linda McDaniel for assistance.

SPP Countdown: T-minus 2 months . . .

The required data collection for State Performance Plan (SPP) indicators 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14 is in full swing. The deadline to submit and certify 2016-17 data through TEASE is August 16, 2017.

Do you know:

For more information, including technical difficulties and other issues, contact:

Lori Merrell (SPP 7, 11, and 12)


Elizabeth Danner (SPP 13 and 14)



TED Tips: Senate Bill 748

Senate Bill 748, relating to transition planning, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature. While the act went into effect on the date it was signed into law (June 9, 2017), the revised rules will apply beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

This new law amends TEC §29.011, TEC §29.0112, and TEC §29.017. Check out this brief video to learn more about what educators, especially TEDs, need to know about the revised rules.

For more information about transition planning in Texas, contact the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results network member at your ESC.

The contact for Region 13 is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

2017-2018 SPED Consolidated Grant Application Open

The 2017-2018 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application is now available in eGrants.  Allocations are available and can be viewed on the Entitlements, Grants Administration Division page.

Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Central Time, August 25, 2017

Information about the grant application can be found on the TEA’s Grant Opportunities page.  Search for 2017-2018 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application.  Additional information on how to apply for a grant is available on the Applying for a Grant page.

Reminder: The application must be submitted in a substantially approvable format before any expenditures are charged to this grant.

eGrants Work Session: ESC 13, June 23, 2017 #SU1737319 9 AM-Noon

ESC 13 SPED Funding Contact: linda.mcdaniel@esc.13.txed.net

2017-2018 SPED Consolidated Grant to Open by June 9, 2017

The 2017-2018 SPED Consolidated Grant application will open on or about Friday, June 9.

Both the application and allocations (planning amounts) will be available on or before that date. TEA will notify eligible applications via listserv when the applications and allocations are available.

ESC SPED Funding Contact: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net

2016-2017 SPED Consolidated Grant Amendment Deadline: June 16, 2017

The last day to submit an amendment for your 2016-2017 SPED Consolidated Grant application is June 16, 2017.

Please review your grants to ensure funds are budgeted as appropriate. Review the TEA document When to Amend to see if an amendment is needed.

ESC 13 SPED Funding contact: Linda McDaniel

What’s “Special” About Graduation? IGCs and IEPs

As we countdown to commencement, consider the following when making decisions about graduation for students with disabilities.

Assessment Decision Basics:

  • At any point in the student’s high school career, the ARD committee can determine that passing the state assessments (EOCs) will not be required for the student to graduate.
  • At any point in the student’s high school career, the ARD committee can revise previous decisions about state assessments, based on changes in student performance or postsecondary goals.
  • These decisions can impact which high school programs the student will be eligible to earn.
  • Refer to TAC §89.1070 for all ARD committee decisions about graduation.
  • Check out these resources for more information:

How to Think About IGC for Students with IEPs:

  • Important to know:
    • IGC (Individual Graduation Committee) rules apply to students who are not receiving special education services at the time of graduation
    • TAC §89.1070 rules apply to students who are receiving special education services at the time of graduation
  • For any student with a disability who has met credit requirements for an endorsement and has passed at least 3 EOCs, the ARD committee can determine that they have met the requirements listed in 89.1070 (c)(1), (c)(2), (d), and (e). The student will graduate through Foundation High School Program with an endorsement.
  • For any student with a disability who has met credit requirements for RHSP/DAP and has passed at least 3 EOCs, the ARD committee can determine that they have met the requirements listed in 89.1070 (g)(2). The student will graduate through RHSP or DAP.
  • Note that 89.1070 indicates that the determination can only be made when the student:
    • Has met credit requirements (in other words, they are ready to graduate and not planning to continue enrollment to earn more credits)
    • Has passed at least 3 EOCs through the standard state assessment, with or without accommodations (STAAR, STAAR-A, or STAAR Online)
    • However, 89.1070 does not mention:
      • Opportunities to retest
      • Assembling an IGC separate from the ARD committee
      • Project/portfolio
  • Refer to TAC §89.1070 for requirements for students with disabilities to graduate without passing all required EOCs, especially subsections (d), (f), and (g)(2).

Surprise! SB 463 made its way through the 85th Texas Legislature and is heading to the governor’s desk. This bill extends the option to graduate through IGC until September 2019 (it was set to expire in September 2017). If signed into law, this bill is not expected to impact your 2017 cohort and should not immediately affect ARD decisions for students who are planning to continue enrollment next year. Stay tuned for updates/rule revisions, and continue using the current version of TAC §89.1070 to make ARD decisions about graduation.

Contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net for more information about graduation for students with disabilities.


Nonpublic Day and Residential TEASE Applications Close June 1, 2017

Please note that the Nonpublic Day and Residential (NP Day and Res) TEASE Applications will close on June 1, 2017 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Nonpublic Day (NPDay) Students:  Remember that SPE-106 spreadsheets of past years have been replaced by the online TEASE application.  Funds are based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students reported through the NPDay TEASE submission.  FTEs are multiplied by an instructional weight of 1.7 as required by statute (TEC §42.151).  Funds are distributed in the district’s regular Foundation School Program payments.
When reporting student attendance information through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) contract students cannot be counted for average daily attendance (ADA) or contact hours and should be coded as enrolled but not in membership (ADA eligibility code Ø) with an instructional setting code of 60.    A report will be generated after the June 1 application closing and sent to State Funding for fund disbursement.

The NP Day and Res application will open again in Fall 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.  Remember that all contract dates with the approved nonpublic facilities must coincide with the LEA’s current fiscal year and school year.  Students from the previous year in the system will roll over into the next school year, and the LEA will update the current year information.

Contact Lori Merrell at lori.merrell@esc13.txed.net if you plan to submit an application for the 16-17 SY or if you have additional questions.

Nonpublic Day and Residential Funding TEASE Application Closing Date

The Nonpublic Day and Residential Funding TEASE Application will close on June 1. Please be sure to submit any student who has an instructional arrangement code of 50 or 60 accordingly.

For Nonpublic Day applications, SPE-106 spreadsheet will no longer be collected from each district in the summer, since the data in the TEASE application will generate a report to State Funding.

The 2017-2018 Nonpublic Funding application will open on August 1, 2017.

Remember that contracts with approved facilities need to correlate with the district’s fiscal year.

Please contact Lori Merrell lori.merrell@esc13.txed.net with questions.

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