Preparing Students for Their Future
"Preparing Students for their future"
Special Education or IEP-Related Questions?
Consult SPEDTex, the Texas Special Education Information Center. This is a resource backed by TEA to inform and support parents, teachers, and anyone committed to the success of children with disabilities.
Phone: 1-855-SPEDTEX (1-855-773-3839)
Department of Special Populations, Division of Special Education
Monday-Friday (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Fax: (512) 463-9560
Texas Education Agency. (2018) Improving Special Education in Texas. Retrieved September 3, 2018, from https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED/
Students served by special education are among the most vulnerable children in Texas public schools. The State must provide local educational agencies (LEAs) with effective leadership and quality resources to enable them to provide the robust services and an environment of high expectations that these students require and that stakeholders expect.
Special Education Strategic Plan
Since June of 2017, work has been underway at TEA to identify areas of stragegic importance for improving special education programming in Texas. This work involved input from various stakeholder perspectives around the state and resulted in the creation of a Special Education Strategic Plan that outlines, at a high level, the efforts that TEA will undertake to improve how local education agencies are supported and supervised in their implementation of state and federal requirements for special education. This plan is driven by high expectations for all students and its implementation will focus on outcomes-based performance measures for all those involved
Special Education Strategic Plan April 23, 2018
Statewide Leadership Network Presentations
The videos below provide an overview of the 10 statewide networks outlined in the Special Education Strategic Plan. Each video is approximately five minutes long and provides a brief explanation of the purpose of the respective network, the needs the network will address, and the potential products and services that may result from the network.
Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network- Presentation
School, Family, and Community Engagement Network Presentation
Inclusive Services and Practices for Improved Student Outcomes Network Presentation
Intervention Best Practices Network Presentation
Students with Intensive Needs Network- Presentation
Students with Sensory Impairments Network- Presentation
Students in Small and Rural LEAs Network- Presentation
Student-centered Transitions Network- Presentation
Multiple Exceptionalities and Multiple Needs Network- Presentation
TCASE 7-24-18 Presentation
TCASE Dyslexia TEA Panel Discussion PowerPoint Visuals – July 25, 2018
Summary of TCASE TEA Dyslexia Panel Q&A –July 25,2018
The following resources provide information to support educators providing dyslexia services:
Accessible Instructional Materials
Accommodation Resources – Classroom/Campus (outside source)
Accommodation Resources – State of Texas Assessment Program
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (outside source)
Technology Integration for Students with Dyslexia (outside source)
Texas Center for Learning Disabilities (outside source)
SPECIAL EDUCATION & SECTION 504 SERVICES
P.O. DRAWER 1689
CENTER, TX 75935
Phone: (936) 598-1600 • Fax: (936) 598-1624
CAREY AGNEW, M.ED.
Director of Special Services
What is Child Find?
Center ISD is ready, willing and able to identify and serve all children with disabilities residing within its jurisdiction who are in need of special education and related services. The district’s child find duties also extend to students with disabilities who are placed in private schools or home schools by their parents.
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act that requires school districts and charter schools to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing in the State, who are in need of Early Childhood Intervention Programs or Special Education and Related Services.
Who can begin the Child Find process?
Anyone can begin the process: a parent/guardian, doctor, teacher, relative or friend.
What services may be available through special education?
Each child’s individual needs will be addressed on an individualized basis by a team consisting of: parent(s) or guardian, campus principal, a person who can interpret evaluation data, teacher(s), and the student (if appropriate). The team will review evaluation information, discuss eligibility, identify areas of need for specialized instruction, including related services (such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, or counseling) and develop a plan to fit the needs of the child.
The term “child with a disability” means the child must meet eligibility criteria for at least one of the 13 disabilities specifically outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and, as a result of the disability, has a need for specially designed instruction that can only be provided through special education.
How much do services cost?
All services are provided at no cost to the individual or parents.
Who do I contact?
If you are concerned about a child’s learning, contact your child's school principal or CISD Department of Special Education at (936) 598-1600.
Children with Disabilities
In Texas, school district Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) provide special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities ages 3-5. PPCD refers to the services provided by the school district, not to the place where they are provided. Eligible children may receive PPCD services in a variety of settings such as pre-kindergarten, resource, and self-contained classrooms or in community settings such as Head Start and pre-school. Learn more HERE
DADS offers home and community services for children with disabilities. Services may include medical care through Medicaid, attendant care in your home or modifying your home to make it easier for your child to live in. These services may be different than what is available through your local school district or other state agencies.
In Texas, children between the ages of birth and 36 months can receive services from Early Childhood Intervention ("ECI") if their children need additional support to meet developmental milestones in areas such as language, motor development, adaptive behaviors such as feeding, or learning and play skills.
Assisting Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services
TEA is required to provide school districts and charter schools a written statement of the options and requirements for providing assistance to students who have learning difficulties or who need, or may need special education services (Texas Education Code §26.0081).
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The statement must explain that a parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time. Parents must receive the statement in a written format every year. A school may include the statement in the student handbook, or a school may disseminate the statement through other means such as a letter or newsletter to each parent and ensure that each parent receives a copy.
This statement is available in HTML (English(opens external link in new window) | Spanish(opens external link in new window)) or as a Word document (English(opens external link in new window) | Spanish(opens external link in new window)).
Cómo ayudar a aquellos estudiantes que tienen dificultades de aprendizaje o precisan servicios de educación especial o de la Sección 504
Los siguientes sitios web ofrecen información y recursos para los estudiantes con discapacidades y sus familias.
Student Assessment Home | Student Assessment Directory | Contact Student Assessment
TEA accessibility policies may apply to any student taking STAAR or TELPAS depending on his or her needs and whether or not the student meets the eligibility criteria, if applicable. These policies are divided into 3 main categories. Within each category are links to policy documents that provide more specific information.
ARD Guide Guia de ARD
Procedural Safeguards Aviso Sobre Procedimientos de Proteccion
Dyslexia Handbook El Manual Sobre La Dislexia
Texas Transition and Employment Guide Guia de transicion y empleo de Texas
Center Independent School District
P.O. Box 1689 | 107 PR 605 | Center, Texas 75935
Business Hours Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 4:30PM
The Center Independent School District, as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or age in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment decisions. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.
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