Archive for September, 2013

Required RF Tracker Data Collection

The RF Tracker Data Collection system is now open for the 2013-14 data collection.  If you are a district with residential care and treatment facilities within your boundaries the initial entry of data into the RF Tracker must be completed on or before November 8, 2013. To enter the required data you will need to […]

Significant Expansion of Enrollment 2013-2014 for Charter Schools

Open enrollment charter schools who meet the criteria for significant expansion may be eligible for additional funds under the 2013-2014 NCLB federal programs, Title I, II, or III, Part A. TEA’s To The Administrator Addressed Letter dated September 17, 2013 outlines the federal programs and criteria covered in this provision.  Charter Schools who meet the criteria […]

IDEA MOE: Proposed Amendments to IDEA-B Regulations

USDE is seeking public comment from States and LEAs on proposed amendments to the IDEA-B regulation regarding maintenance of effort (MOE). The proposed regulations seek to clarify existing policies on how the LEA meets MOE requirements with the local-only-expenditure tests, total and per capita. The changes stress that the purpose of the local MOE provision […]

Possible Change in IDEA-B MOE Action Plan

Very likely, the Action Plan and timelines outlined in the TTA Letter (August 31, 2013) will be revised. MOE Letters for FY 2010 will not be sent out to LEAs next week as planned. USDE and TEA entered into additional negotiations after the TTA Letter was issued. TEA will most likely issue a revised TTA […]

Policies, Procedures, Operating Guidelines and the Legal Framework

It is time-consuming to develop and maintain current SPED Operating Guidelines. OGs also can be a lifesaver when training staff and when responding to a TEA compliant or monitoring activity. TEA guidance to ESC Legal Framework (LF) contacts has been: 1. Federal law requires TEA to assure that LEAs have policies, procedures and operating guidelines. 2. […]

PBMAS LEA Reports Available and Staging Coming!

LEA PBMAS Reports are posted on the TEASE Accountability system. LEAs are encouraged to begin analyzing results. LEAs should NOT use previous year Standards and Cut-Points to estimate Staging status.  Changes in the PBMAS system, e.g., new Performance Level of 4 on EOC indicators, make new Cut-Points necessary. TEA is in the process of determining Cut-Points and will issue Staging by mid to […]

Revised Rules for Transcripts: 9x Codes No More!

TEA has revised the coding requirements for modified courses. These changes have been posted to the PEIMS Data Standards. An addendum to the 2012 Minimum Standards for the Academic Achievement Record will be posted soon. 9XXXXXXX codes (locally-developed courses available per IEP) may no longer be used for students who entered high school in or after […]

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