High Cost Funds

The High Cost Funds application opened in TEAL March 1, 2019.  The application will close May 1, 2019.  LEAs will receive notification of awards by July 1, 2019.

Details and directions for the online application and the technical enhancements made to this year’s application are attached. The qualifying amount for 2018-19 is $29,277.  The application will automatically total costs only allowing applications meeting the qualifying amount to be submitted.  The personnel calculator  and excess transportation calculator are included in the application.

Read the application directions prior to entering information.



These documents and additional information may be found on the TEA website on the HCF webpage.

Contact for questions and/or support: Ann Jinkins (ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net) or the High Cost Team at TEA hcf@tea.texas.gov or 512.463.9414.

2019-2020 Consolidated Application–Changes Coming

Mega-Consolidated Application for ESSA, IDEA, and Perkins Funds for 2019-2020

TEA to provide training for all ESCs in early April.

TEA to provide LEA training in designated ESCs across the state. More info to come on these.

May 3 at ESC 4 May 17 at ESC 20
May 13 at ESC 11 May 31 at ESC 15

Region 13 clients need not worry!

Our work sessions will cover all we learn from TEA about the new application.

eGrants, SU1939776 on June 4th at ESC 13. Registration open now in ESC 13 eCampus.

eGrants, SU1939734 on June 25th at ESC 13 (repeat). Registration open now in ESC13 eCampus.

Anticipated Agenda for Work Sessions: Updates/Training in Morning & Work Time in Afternoon

ESC 13 eGrants contacts: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net and lori.merrell@esc13.txed.net

What’s “Special” About Graduation? Modified Content

The options and requirements for students with disabilities to earn a diploma in Texas are outlined in TAC §89.1070. The terms “modified curriculum” and “modified content” appear in several subsections. The impact of modifications to options available under the Foundation plan are highlighted below.

Foundation High School Program

TAC §89.1070 (b) A student entering Grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter who receives special education services may graduate and be awarded a regular high school diploma if the student meets one of the following conditions….

(2) The student has demonstrated mastery of the required state standards (or district standards if greater) in Chapters 110-118, 126-128, and 130 of this title and satisfactorily completed credit requirements for graduation under the Foundation High School Program specified in §74.12 of this title through courses, one or more of which contain modified curriculum that is aligned to the standards applicable to students in general education….


TAC §89.1070 (c) A student receiving special education services may earn an endorsement under §74.13 of this title (relating to Endorsements) if the student:

(1) satisfactorily completes the requirements for graduation under the Foundation High School Program specified in §74.12 of this title as well as the additional credit requirements in mathematics, science, and elective courses as specified in §74.13(e) of this title with or without modified curriculum;

(2) satisfactorily completes the courses required for the endorsement under §74.13(f) of this title without any modified curriculum….

TAC §89.1070 (e) In order for a student receiving special education services to use a course to satisfy both a requirement under the Foundation High School Program specified in §74.12 of this title and a requirement for an endorsement under §74.13 of this title, the student must satisfactorily complete the course without any modified curriculum.

Definition of Modifications

TAC §89.1070 (l) For purposes of this section, modified curriculum and modified content refer to any reduction of the amount or complexity of the required knowledge and skills in Chapters 110-118, 126-128, and 130 of this title. Substitutions that are specifically authorized in statute or rule must not be considered modified curriculum or modified content.

The requirements for a student to earn a diploma through Foundation High School Program are outlined in TAC §74.12. The requirements to earn an endorsement are outlined in TAC §74.13. The impact of modifications to a student’s eligibility to earn an endorsement is outlined in TAC §89.1070 (b)(2), (c), and (e), listed above. But what about Performance Acknowledgements and Distinguished Level of Achievement, as outlined in TAC §74.14 and TAC §74.11 (e)? Without a specific clarification in TAC §89.1070, ARD committees had to review the requirements as listed, without any allowance for modifications. However, this question was posed to TEA…….

Response from Curriculum Division at TEA (November 2018):

“There is nothing in the rules that would prohibit a student from earning the distinguished level of achievement due to modified instruction in Algebra 2; do be sure to note, however, that there are some limitations related to modified instruction and endorsements…and an endorsement is a requirement to earn the distinguished level of achievement.”

For more information about graduation options and requirements for students with disabilities in Texas, contact the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results network member for your ESC.

Final Adjustments to IDEA-B Formula, Preschool and Discretionary Deaf

2018-2019 Final Amounts

Final amounts for programs in the 2018-2019 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application are now available on the Grants Administration Division Federal Entitlements web page.

TEA staff will initiate budget adjustments to the largest budgeted class/object code to incorporate the final amounts for IDEA-B Formula and IDEA-B Preschool, and carryover amounts for IDEA-B Discretionary Deaf. The LEA’s approved budget will be reflected on Schedule BS6006—Program Budget Summary of the 2018-2019 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application for each respective program.

Once the adjustment process is completed, grantees will receive email notifications of revisions to program budgets with their revised Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) attached to that email.  Until those email notifications and attachments are distributed, TEA requests that LEAs not submit any amendments to claim 2018-2019 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application final amount funding. Amendments for any other changes to the application may be submitted at any time.


If necessary, once it receives email notification of the revised budget and NOGA, an LEA or ESC may file an amendment to revise the budget entered by TEA staff. Please refer to When to Amend the Application on the Administering a Grant page of the TEA website to determine if an amendment is necessary.

The deadline to submit amendments is 5:00 p.m. Central Time, June 15, 2019.

ESC 13 SPED Funding Contact: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net

STAAR Alternate 2 Waiver Request is open for public comment

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted the draft Texas Waiver Request Regarding STAAR Alternate 2 for public comment on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Alternate 2 webpage.

For the second year, Texas is requesting a waiver from the United States Department of Education (USDE) regarding the 1.0 percent threshold on the percentage of students statewide who participate in alternate assessments aligned with alternate academic achievement standards (i.e., STAAR Alternate 2) during the 2018–2019 school year.

TEA will also provide notification of this waiver request by publishing information in the Texas Register on Friday, November 30, 2018. TEA is accepting comments regarding this waiver request via email to assessmentwaiver@tea.texas.gov. The public comment period begins Friday, November 16, 2018, and ends Monday, December 17, 2018, at 5:00 PM (CT). Note that TEA will not respond to individual comments but will incorporate the comments as it is in finalizing the waiver request before submission to the USDE.

For additional information, please contact Ann Jacobson at ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net

Residential Tracker – Required Data Collection Due Nov. 30th!

TAA 11/15/2018 provides information on the 2018-2019 Residential Facility Tracker Data Collection.

Each district or charter with a residential facility within its boundaries or jurisdiction, in which students enrolled in the district or charter reside, must submit data for all current students by Friday, November 30, 2018.

The RF Tracker application is accessed through TEAL.  Data from 2017-18 has been rolled forward into the 2018-2019 application. It is important for you to review all rolled forward data and to make revisions as necessary to reflect the current status of students and facilities in your LEA.

Guidance for understanding residential tracker and for using the application may be found in RF_Tracker_Helpful_Hints_17 (8) RF_Tracker_Guidance_17 (16) modified AJ

Contact Ann Jinkins, ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5207 for support.

What’s “Special” About Graduation: Coding for Class of 2018 and 2019

The Class of 2018 graduated last spring, and the appropriate Leaver Codes and Graduation-Type Codes from TSDS PEIMS will be submitted in the 2018 Fall data submission. To help you and your PEIMS staff review data for accurate submission specific to students receiving special education services, see the resources listed below.

  • 2018-2019 Texas Education Data Standards
    • Graduation-Type: See code table C062
      • Chart 1 is for students who received accommodations only and passed all EOCs, or failed no more than 2 EOCs
      • Chart 2 is for students who received accommodations only, failed more than 2 EOCs, and their ARD committee determined that passing was not required for graduation
      • Chart 3 is for students who received modified content in one or more courses for graduation credit
    • Endorsement Indicators: Element ID 1544 to 1548 (see code table C199 for endorsement status)
    • IGC Indicators: See code table C201
    • IEP Continuer code: See code table C088
  • TAC §89.1070. Graduation Requirements for students receiving special education services
  • Resubmission due date for LEAs for Fall 2018 data is January 17, 2019
  • What’s Special About Graduation: Coding for Class of 2018 (Types of 12th Graders)

While 2019 accountability methodology will be outlined in the 2019 accountability manual (to be published sometime in spring 2019), you can use the 2018 Accountability Manual to get an idea of what to expect for accountability impact of each leaver code, graduation-type code, course completion, and level of academic achievement for the Class of 2018.

The Class of 2019 is on track to graduate this year. Enrollment data for this cohort will be captured in the Fall data submission, and graduation/Leaver data will be captured in Fall 2019. How are you keeping up with the academic achievement of your students with disabilities? Who can help you review the information about each student to determine graduation options?

For either cohort, check out these at-a-glance documents created by Region 13:

For more information about graduation options and requirements for students with disabilities in Texas, see the Region 13 Leaving a Clear Trail Livebinder or contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

PBMAS 2018 Staging

A TAA Correspondence on 2018-19 Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System Staging was released Friday, Oct. 26th.  For staging information, see the Staging Framework  on the TEA website.

Required monitoring and interventions are described in the PBMAS Interventions Guidance document.  Intervention submission requirements are specified on the Intervention and Submission Chart.

  • LEAs staged in one or more program areas will engage in a continuous improvement process to develop a targeted improvement plan (TIP).
  • LEAs staged no higher than a 2 in any program area are required to retain documentation of the improvement process and district TIP locally unless requested for submission by the agency.
  • LEAs assigned a stage of 3 or 4 in any program area will submit the TIP to TEA on or before November 30, 2018.
  • LEAs assigned a stage 3 or 4 in special education must conduct a special education compliance review (SPED_Compliance Review Topics_2018 (4) ) for each PBMAS special education indicator assigned a performance level of 2 or higher. LEAs will maintain documentation of the reviews locally but must submit a Special Education Compliance Review Summary to TEA by February 15, 2019.

If special education noncompliance is identified by LEAs at any level of staging, a Corrective Action Plan (CAP)  will be developed to address all areas of noncompliance.

LEAs with noncompliance for State Performance Plan (SPP) must submit a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to TEA by November 30, 2018.

Submissions to TEA are made via TEAL in the Intervention, Stage, and Activity Manager (ISAM) application.

The PBMAS 101 workshop is scheduled for Friday, November 9 at Region 13.  The continuous improvement process required for PBMAS is a joint effort of LEA staff across content areas.  Organize a LEA team to work together on the 9th.  Register in ecampus FA 1840070.

For information contact Ann Jinkins

SPP 11

The TEA SPP 11 webpage has been updated.  The resource documents are now reflective of additional data collection pieces added as a result of the Corrective Action Response 2.c.

Please contact Lori Merrell or Lindy Frazer if you have questions or need support.



2017-2018 SHARS Survey Deadline: October 31, 2018

As described in the September 27, 2018 letter, all LEAs and fiscal agents that received or administered funds awarded through the IDEA-B) grant program for 2017–2018 are required to submit a School Health and Related Services (SHARS) Survey.

All LEAs are required to respond, regardless of whether or not you received SHARS reimbursements. TEA needs the LEA-reported SHARS information to conduct fiscal year 2018 IDEA-B LEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE) compliance reviews. The reviews will be made available in spring 2019.

TEA developed a SHARS Reimbursement Report Survey to collect the needed information. The survey is also available from the SHARS and IDEA-B LEA MOE Guidance page of the TEA website.

KEEP a copy of your survey response for MOE documentation.

SPED Funding ESC13 contact: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net

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