The Texas Education Agency has developed a transition and employment guide for students in special education programs and their parents to provide information on statewide services and programs that assist in the transition to life outside the public school system.
In accordance will HB 617:
The transition and employment guide must be produced in English and Spanish in an electronic format and posted on TEA’s website so that the guide is easily identified and accessed. A school district must also post the guide on their website and provide written information at the student's ARD committee to help a parent access the guide.
HB 617 - Notification of Transition and Employment Guide (English)
HB 617 - Notificación de Guía de transición y Empleo (Español)
Each school district or special education co-op to designate at least one employee to serve as the district's or co-op's designee on transition and employment services for students enrolled in special education programs.
The San Antonio Special Programs Co-op supports HB 617. IDEA requires schools to provide transition services for students so that they will be prepared to enter the adult world, including employment. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are required by law to have transition plans beginning at age 16 (age 14 in Texas). However many need transition services such as school-based preparatory experiences, career preparation and work-based learning experiences are never provided.
This bill supports information, education, and training initiatives to enhance effective transition services from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment for students with disabilities. The provisions in HB 617 aim to enhance the schools resources to successfully implement the requirements of IDEA related to transition planning for students with disabilities. An online guide for students, parents, and teachers will provide up to date, consistent information needed to develop appropriate transition plans and to determine what services and supports are available in the community after the student leaves the public school. Each school district or co-op parents, students and teachers can reach an SASPC Transition Specialist for questions, information and/or resources designed to improve the likelihood of a successful transition to further education, employment and independent living for the student.
School Health and Related Services (SHARS) Program
SASPC schools participate in the School Health and Related Services (SHARS) programs. The SHARS program allows districts to receive federal reimbursement through Medicaid for providing designated related services to special education students. The SHARS program consists of three components.
- Participating in three quarterly Random Moment Time Studies
- Filing interim claims and receiving payments throughout the year
- Completing an annual cost report
Designated services are provided to the students based on a qualifying medical condition and services are reimbursed based on meeting specified requirements. The designated related services categories include the following.
- Nursing Services
- Medical Services
- Occupational Therapy
- Personal Care Services
- Physical Therapy
- Psychological Services
- Special Transportation
- Speech Therapy
Specified requirements for the reimbursement of a qualifying service include the following.
- The student must be Medicaid eligible.
- The student must be between 3 and 21 years of age.
- The student must meet eligibility requirements for Special Education per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- The student must have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) documenting the needed services, location, duration, and frequency.
- The District must obtain parental consent to submit services.
- SHARS - Parent Notification Cover Letter & Brochure (English)
- SHARS - Notificación a los Padres Carta de presentación y Folleto (Español)
- Service provider must meet SHARS Provider and Supervision requirements.
- Any needed evaluations or prescriptions must be on file with the District.
State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Program
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In spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) replaced the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
The STAAR program includes annual assessments for
- Reading and mathematics, grades 3–8
- Writing at grades 4 and 7
- Science at grades 5 and 8
- Social studies at grade 8
- End-of-course assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.
Beginning in 2016, TEA will voluntarily administer STAAR EOC assessments for English III and Algebra II.
An accommodated version of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), STAAR A, is offered as an online assessment in the same grades and subjects as STAAR. The passing standards for STAAR A are the same as any STAAR test. STAAR A provides embedded supports designed to help students with disabilities access the content being assessed. These embedded supports include visual aids, graphic organizers, clarifications of construct-irrelevant terms, and text-to-speech functionality.
Students receiving the following services may be administered STAAR A in one or more subjects:
- Students with identified disabilities who are receiving special education services
- Students identified with dyslexia or a related disorder (as defined in Texas Education Code §38.003) and receiving Section 504 services
If a student falls into one of these categories and receives accommodations in instruction similar to those found in STAAR A, STAAR A Eligibility Requirements should be reviewed. Additional eligibility criteria found in this document must be met in order for a student to take STAAR A.
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STAAR L is a linguistically accommodated English version of the STAAR grades 3–8 and end-of-course (EOC) mathematics, science, and social studies assessments. TEA provides the STAAR L for English language learners (ELLs). ELL students must meet participation requirements for a substantial degree of linguistic accommodation in these subject areas. STAAR L is an online testing program.
STAAR Alternate 2
The STAAR Alternate 2 assessment was developed by TEA to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. TEA designed the STAAR Alternate 2 to assess students in grades 3–8 and high school who have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services.
Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)
TEA designed the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) to assess the progress that limited English proficient (LEP) students make in learning the English language.
To view all English language learner (ELL) resources, visit TEA's ELL webpage.