Archive for July, 2011

SPP Online Data Collection Submissions Deadline

All districts and charter schools must submit and certify data for SPP indicators 7,11,12,13 and 14 by accessing the online data collection application available through TEASE at If your district or charter school has not submitted data, please review the following procedures to ensure timely and accurate submission of data. 1.  Every district and […]

2011 PBMAS

The Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System 2011 Manual is now available at the following link:  Texas Education Agency – PBMAS Manuals Hard-copy versions of the Manual are available for purchase from the Texas Education Agency’s Publications Distribution Division.  (Please see the last page of the on-line version of the Manual for an order form and pricing.) […]

American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Grant Funds Must Be Obligated by Project End Date

A “To The Administrator Addressed” (TTAA) Texas Education Agency correspondence message dated July 25, 2011 (online at reminds local educational agencies that all American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) grant funds must be obligated by the end date of each project.  Any funds not obligated at that time will lapse and must be returned […]

HB 1481: Respectful Language

HB 1481 changes the term ‘mental retardation’ to ‘intellectual disability’.   ESC Region XIII has received several questions asking when the change would be reflected in PEIMS. TEA staff are working on making the change in PEIMS as well as amending the language in the Texas Administrative Code 19 TAC 89.1040(c)(5).  In the meantime, LEAs should refer to a student […]

Transition = Age 14

SB_1788 changed the age for required transition planning from 16 to 14. Guidance will be shared as soon as it is developed by TEA, but in the mean time here are some things to consider. What does “effective immediately” mean for schools? Until the TEA guidance is developed and provided to LEAs,  you might consider […]

TEA Special Education Funding Contacts

As of July 14, 2011 there are new  Funding Contacts by Region at the Texas Education Agency for special education  funding.  For ESC Region XIII, the contact is Kathy Lovett and she can be reached at 512-463-9414.

Program Intent Code for IDEA-B Preschool

The “To the Administrator Addressed” letter dated May 24, 2011 notified LEAs of a new program intent code (PIC) 32 for Prekindergarten.  According to the letter, this program intent code is to be used beginning in fiscal year 2011-12 with any fund for which there are specifically identifiable prekindergarten expenditures. Rita Chase, in the Division of […]

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.

Procedural Safeguard Contacts

For the next printing of your Procedural Safeguards, please update contact information for the ESC and Parent Training Information Center sections on the last page:   1.Education Service Center Contact Please list one of the following:   Joy Hunsucker 512-919-5177     OR Laura Abbott 512-919-5207    2. Parent Center Contact Pat Alvarez is the new Regional Coordinator for The […]

Special Education New Director Series 2011-2012

Are you a new or novice special education director?  Do you feel stressed out and all alone?  The 2011-2012 school year is just around the corner….but there is no need to worry.  Region XIII is here for you! With our New Director Series, you will have all the support you need from your peers and from […]

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