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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.



Region 6 ESC Special Education COVID-19 Resources
Component Director            Evaluation        Autism
Jan Oatess
Component Director for Special Education
  Teresa Anderson
Evaluation/Assessment for Special Education
  Laura Brinkley
Cognitive Disability
Curriculum   Preschool   Assistive Technology
Susan Brown
Curriculum and Instruction for Special Education

Pam Bumpass
Preschool Specialist
for Special Education

  Ana Deter
Assistive Technology,
Speech Language Pathology, and Low Incidence Disabilities Support
Transition   Visual Impairments   Liaisons
Stephanie Dominique
Education Specialist, Transition & Post Secondary Results
  Michael Munro
Visual Impairment and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist

Beth Nesmith
Special Education Liaison





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