IDEA is the collection of federal regulations for special education that ensures a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities that attend public schools. IDEA requires that each public school provide services to eligible special education students in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and in accordance with each student’s individualized education program (IEP).
The purpose of the Rules and Regulations Side-By-Side is to help educators, parents, and other stakeholders to better understand the federal regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Texas Education Code (TEC), and the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), which is the Commissioner's and State Board of Education (SBOE) Rules.
Special Education Rules and Regulations Side-By-Side
A Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process (ARD Guide) contains information that parents need to effectively participate in an ARD committee meeting for their child. The purpose of the ARD Guide is to encourage a common understanding of the individualized education program (IEP) process for parents, school personnel, and communities.
ARD Guide (English Version)
ARD Guide (Spanish Version)
The Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities (Procedural Safeguards) explains parents’ specific rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Notice of Procedural Safeguards (English Version)
The Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Spanish Version)
In Texas, a student’s IEP must include transition discussion by their 14th birthday (TEC §29.011).
This discussion must include a statement of needed transition services, including instruction, related services, community experiences, employment, and other post school adult living objectives, and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
Transition in Texas
The Transition and Employment Guide required by HB 617 from the 83rd Texas Legislature has been developed by TEA and a team of stakeholders.The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.
Texas Transition and Employment Guide (English Version)
Texas Transition and Employment Guide (Spanish Version)
The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI) is a state-level training mandated by Senate Bill 1196 and the Texas Administrative Code §89.1053. The TBSI training is designed to provide foundational knowledge for the use of positive behavior interventions and supports for all students, including those with disabilities.?
Texas Behavior Support Initiative
School-wide Positive Behavior Support is a systems approach to establishing social, cultural, and behavioral supports needed for all children in a school to achieve both social and academic success.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
The Parent Coordination Network (PCN) is committed to ensuring parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist them in making informed choices in their child's education. Network members have identified the following priorities: joint training opportunities for parents, collaboration with other parent training organizations, and technical assistance to parents and school district personnel in the area of special education.?
Parent Coordination Leadership
Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the Texas statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers funded by the US Department of Education. The Texas PTIs provide training, education, information, referral, emotional support, and individual assistance in obtaining appropriate services.
Partners Resource Network