2018-2019 Fund Code Deletions for SSAs

A June 13, 2018 TTAA letter informed LEA that some funds codes have been deleted in the 2018–2019 Texas Education Data Standards (TEDS) PEIMS code table C145 and are no longer active.
Although the fund codes are still listed in the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG), they will be removed from the FASRG in the December 2018 update. Click on the letter to see specific codes no longer in use.

TTAA Letter

Questions: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net

All SPP Indicators are Open in TEAL

TEA has notified ESCs that all SPP (State Performance Plan) indicators are open in TEAL and available for data entry and certification. While the deadline for certification is August 16, now is the time to collect and enter your data!

Things to check ASAP:

  • Do you know who in your district/charter school is expected to collect, submit, and certify data for each indicator?

If you will be expected to submit and/or certify data:

  • Can you log into TEAL?
  • Can you access SPP indicators from the TEAL portal?
  • Are you able to see the indicators that you are expected to submit/certify data?
  • Do you have the access level (data entry/certifier) for the role?

For support, place yourself into one of the following categories and review the bullets below:

I’ve got this!

  • Go, you! Check out the recent blog post and let us know if TEAL gives you any trouble

I think I’ve got this . . .

What is this??

For more information contact:

Lori Merrell (SPP 7, 11, and 12)


Elizabeth Danner (SPP 13 and 14)


SPP 11 and 12 will not open tomorrow, June 1, 2018

Due to an unforeseen technical issue, SPP 11 and 12 will not open on June 1, 2018 as planned. Agency staff are working on the issue and TEA anticipates the indicators to open early next week.  A follow up communication will be sent as soon as we know more.

If you have questions about SPP 11 and 12, please contact Lori Merrell at lori.merrell@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5424.

Beat the Heat – T-TESS & Special Education Summer PD

Need professional development for your staff serving students ages 3-21 with significant disabilities?

We have the local solution with two ways to attend!

Beat the Heat 2018 – June 21-22

Attend in Person Attend Online
Register for SU1836780

ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

Full Conference Schedule


Register for SU1839863

Online through ESC Region 13

Virtual Conference Schedule


Beat the Heat 2018 is Region 13’s annual summer conference with content specifically designed for educators working with students ages 3-21 with significant disabilities.

  • June 21st – Full day, in-depth workshops on topics including: challenging behavior, classroom organization, communication/AAC, individualized instruction, transition, and more!
  • June 22nd – Keynote address by national presenters ̶   90 minute breakout sessions by the best and brightest from Region 13 and around the state  ̶  BTH Maker Faire!

Why should I send my staff?

  • Beat the Heat is one of the largest conferences in the state focusing on students with significant disabilities.
  • Staff will learn first-hand from experts in the field and practitioners in the classroom
  • Often isolated campus staff will have the opportunity to network with colleagues
  • Excellent value for a 2-day conference with lunch and materials provided: $110.00.
  • Excellent value for a 2-day online conference: $90.00
  • Beat the Heat addresses all T-TESS domains and is tightly aligned with
    • 3 – Planning: Knowledge of Students
    • 4 – Instruction: Differentiation
    • 1 – Learning Environment: Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures

Discount for ESC Region 13 Parents and Paraeducators!

Paraeducators and parents can attend for $10.  They must contact Maria Daniel (maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net) for a registration discount code.

SPP Data Collection for 2017-18

All districts and charter schools must collect and submit data for State Performance Plan indicators 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Resources (including an overview of SPP), documents, and links can be found on the SPP Livebinder from Region 13: www.bit.ly/spptexas

** All data for all districts and charter schools must be submitted and certified through TEAL no later than August 16, 2018 **

Keep in mind:

  • For SPP 11 and 12….. every district must have a complete and certified status regardless of whether the district has data to enter. In other words, you must certify through TEAL even if you have no students who meet the sampling criteria.
  • For SPP 7, 13, and 14….. only “applicable districts” must submit and certify data. If your district does not serve students who meet the sampling criteria for one or more of these indicators, contact your ESC to see if data submission will be required.
  • Use Internet Explorer in Compatibility Mode to enter and save data in TEAL, and see the Troubleshooting Guide from TEA for help.
  • Use the 10 digit Unique ID (UID) in Texas Student Data Systems (TSDS)  to enter student information in TEAL for all indicators (see Instructions for each indicator).
  • There are 2 steps to finalizing for each indicator: first submit the data, then certify to send it to TEA. Districts that do not certify their data through the online application will not meet compliance for that indicator, regardless of the data you submitted!

NEW for 2017-18:

  • Access SPP directly through TEAL. This will launch you into the TEASE application. If you have any difficulty accessing SPP from your TEAL account, please submit a request with the TEA Help Desk at https://txeduagency.zendesk.com.
  • Region 13 will host a webinar on May 22 from 11:00 – 12:00 for administrators who are new to the SPP data submission and will be expected to submit/certify data. Registration is available online. Webinar will be recorded and posted to the SPP Livebinder.

For more information contact:

Lori Merrell (SPP 7, 11, and 12)


Elizabeth Danner (SPP 13 and 14)


New STAAR Alternate 2 Participation Requirements Take Effect May 1, 2018!

In a TETN presentation on April 25, 2018, new STAAR Alternate 2 participation requirements for the 2019 administration were announced. The newly revised Participation Requirements take effect May 1, 2018. They include changes to the number of requirements (there are now five instead of four), and clarifying language that defines a significant cognitive disability. The participation requirements state that a determination of significant cognitive disability is made by the ARD committee and based on an evaluation performed by a qualified evaluation team. The disability must significantly impact the student’s intellectual potential AND adaptive behavior and be documented in the student’s individualized education program (IEP).

Clarifying language and examples have been added to paint a more complete picture of what “specialized, extensive supports” and “intensive, individualized instruction” may look like for a student with a significant cognitive disability when accessing the grade-level curriculum and setting. Additionally, the language of the previous participation requirement which states that students taking the STAAR Alternate 2 must access and participate in the grade-level TEKS through prerequisite skills has been expanded to include descriptions of how a student with a significant cognitive disability is most likely to access those prerequisite skills during instruction. The participation requirement now states that a student with a significant cognitive disability accessing the TEKS through prerequisite skills that are “significantly below grade level instruction” requires “a highly specialized educational program with intensive supports and modifications to the curriculum.”
The newly added, fifth participation requirement has been pulled from the previous assurances section to emphasize that the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment determination must be based on the student’s significant cognitive disability and not on any other factors such as racial or economic background, excessive absences, location of service delivery, English learner status or anticipated difficulties with student behavior.

Beginning on May 1, 2018, admission, review and dismissal (ARD) committees will use the new STAAR Alternate 2 participation requirements for determining assessment decisions for the 2018-19 school year. ARD committees that used the previous participation requirements for the 2018-19 assessment decisions prior to May 1st, 2018 may move forward with assessment decisions they have already made. However, TEA recommends that campus personnel review the new participation requirements and determine if revisions should be made to previous assessment decisions.
The review and revision of the participation requirements is part of TEA’s response to state assessment requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Any state assessing more than 1% of students with an alternate assessment aligned with alternate academic achievement standards is required to submit an annual waiver application. The Texas plan and waiver for this year was approved. While the 1 percent rate is a statewide requirement, LEAs above the rate may expect additional oversight and support from TEA’s Student Assessment Division.

Visit TEA’s website or click on the following link to view the new 2018-19 STAAR Alternate 2 Participation Requirements.

For more information, please contact TEA’s Student Assessment Division at assessment.specialpopulations@tea.texas.gov or ESC Region 13 Education Specialist, Jennifer Russell, at jennifer.russell@esc13.txed.net

IDEA MOE LEA Response Due by May 2, 2018

TEA To The Administrator Addressed letter dated April 24, 2018 states:

2016-2017 Preliminary IDEA-B LEA MOE Compliance Reviews are posted in the GFFC Reports and Data Collections secure application in TEAL.

LEA actions, if needed, due by May 2, 2018.

Questions? linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net


TED Tips: Transition Updates for 2018-19

Senate Bill 748 from the 85th Texas Legislature revised TEC §29.011, TEC §29.0112, and TEC §29.017 to reflect supported decision-making agreements and other supports for students with disabilities to plan for independence in adulthood, as appropriate. Districts and charter schools are required to meet these new rules beginning in school year 2018-19.

Check out the resources below as you review current processes to prepare for meeting the new requirements:

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

TEA Hosting Two Public Hearings on Draft Strategic Plan for Special Education

The Texas Education Agency is hosting two public hearings on the draft Strategic plan for Special Education.

  • Thursday, April 12, at Education Service Center Region 1, 1900 West Schunior, in Edinburg and
  • Monday, April 16, at Education Service Center Region 10, 400 East Spring Valley Road, in Richardson.

The hearings will begin at 1:00 pm and will continue until all registered speakers have spoken or until 3:00 pm whichever comes first.

  • Registration will be onsite beginning at 12:30 pm and ending at 1:00 pm.
  • Speakers will be called in the order in which they registered.
  • Each speaker will be allotted three minutes.
  • The hearings will be recorded and transcriptions will be posted publicly.

Those unable to attend either public hearing can still submit electronic comments on the comprehensive draft strategic plan for special education. Comments can be submitted by email at TexasSPED@TEA.texas.gov . Electronic comments will be accepted through noon on Wednesday, April 18.

A final response to the federal monitoring report will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education later this month. To review the draft strategic plan or to learn more about the public hearings visit the TEA website at https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED 

For questions, contact Shirley Sanford at shirley.sanford@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5375.

2016-2017 MOE Preliminary Compliance Reports To Be Issued April 10, 2018

TEA shared that following information this morning on MOE.

The anticipated date for the issuance of Preliminary MOE Compliance Reports in the GFFC application in TEAL has been moved to April 10, 2018.

Continue preparing source documents and the Exceptions Workbook if you plan to submit any. LEAs still have only 5 business days after the Preliminary Report to assert reasons for a decline in fiscal effort.

TEA MOE TETN Information 4/4/2018

ESC13 Contact: linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net

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