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Special Education

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Special Education department provides technical assistance and training in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs serving students with disabilities for increased student achievement.

                    

 

Oatess
Jan Oatess
Component Director
Special Education
Anderson            Bezerra        Brinkley
Teresa Anderson
504 and Compliance
  Fabiana Bezerra
Behavior Support Specialist
  Laura Brinkley
Autism
Low Incidence Disabilities

Significant Cognitive Disabilities
         
Brown   Bumpass   TBD
Susan Brown
Inclusive Practices for Special Education
STAAR/STAAR Alt2
 

Pam Bumpass
Early Childhood Special Education
Parent Involvement
Child Find

  TBD
Assistive Technology
Speech Language Pathology
 
         
Jones   Visual Impairments   Liaisons

Suzanne Jones
Evaluation/ Assessment for Special Education

Transition & Post Secondary Results

  Michael Munro, Ph.D.
Visual Impairment
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Assistive Technology
 

Beth Nesmith
Ana Deter

Special Education Liaison Coordinators

 

 

 

 

State Assessments for Students with Disabilities

The statewide testing program includes the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which is the test administered to most students.
The testing program also includes the STAAR Alternate 2 test, which is intended for the most significantly cognitively impaired students. Each student's Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee determines, based on criteria, the most appropriate assessment and any allowable accommodations for the student.
 

Who? All public school students in Texas, grades 3–12, take STAAR tests.

What? STAAR is the state’s testing program and is based on state curriculum standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills; TEKS) in core subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. Some students participate in testing with allowable accommodations.

When? Grades 3–8 STAAR tests are given in the spring. End-of-course assessments (EOC) are given throughout the year. The number of tests your child takes each year will depend on what grade he or she is in.

Where? STAAR tests are given to students at their own school, in regular classrooms that have been set up to make it easy to focus on the test. If students have certain special needs and require special accommodations, they may be tested in a different area of the school.

Why? STAAR tests are designed to measure what students are learning in each grade and whether or not they are ready for the next grade. The goal is to ensure that all students receive what they need to be academically successful.

Texas Education Agency information regarding state assessment for students with disabilities, including information about allowable accommodations, is found at