Special Education Continuum of Services

  • Mainstream/Inclusion

    Mainstream is an instructional arrangement for providing special education and related services to a student in the general education classroom in accordance with the student's IEP. Qualified special education personnel are involved in the implementation of the student's IEP through indirect and/or support services to the student and the student's general education teacher(s). (K-12 Grades)


    Co-teaching is two or more certified instructors sharing responsibility for teaching some or all of the students assigned to a classroom. It involves the distribution of responsibility among instructors for planning, instruction, and evaluation for a classroom of students. Co-teaching is a creative way to connect with and support others to help all children learn while making schools more effective.

    Content Mastery

    Content Mastery is a support service for students in special education who receive their primary instruction in the general education setting. These students benefit from direct instruction in the content area, but need some pull-out special education support services. (K-12 Grades)


    Resource classes are for students who need direct instruction from a special education teacher in specific content areas in a special education setting for less than 50% of the school day. (K-12 Grades)

    Self-Contained Resource

    Self-contained resource classes are for students who need direct instruction from a special education teacher in specific content areas in a special education setting for more than 50% of the school day. (K-5 Grades)

    Active Learning

    Active Learning is a specialized program that assists students in developing communication, self-help, and functional living skills in order to attain maximum independence involving students directly and actively in the learning process itself. (K-12)

    Personal & Academic Growth (PAG)

    PAG provides an intense level of intervention in a controlled and restrictive setting using an individualized array of interventions to provide a supportive environment that includes academic and instructional support to students with behavioral and/or emotional needs. Programming for each student is unique to their specific needs and behavior plans. (K-12 Grades)

    Personal Development

    The Personal Development course will provide learning experiences primarily related to self-determination, self-advocacy, goal-setting, social skills, and organizational strategies through highly engaging activities based on individual strengths and personal needs.

    Practical Academics

    Practical Academics is a specialized program for students who need a more functional academic curriculum. The curriculum may include independent living skills, social skills, and pre-vocational skills. (Grades K-12)

    Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)

    PPCD is an instructional program delivered in a variety of placement options for children, ages 3-5, who receive special education and related services.

    Structured Learning (SL)

    Structured learning is a specialized program for students who need structured behavioral and academic support. The techniques of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) are utilized while delivering the grade level curriculum. (Grades K-12)


    Instruction is provided for students in special education in a home or hospital setting when a student is expected to be confined at home or hospital bedside for a minimum of four consecutive weeks for medical reasons and the medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States (K-12) If students do not meet eligibility criteria for IDEAIA services prior to the need for homebound services, they are to be serviced by the General Education Homebound program.


    This setting is providing special education and related services to students who reside in care and treatment facilities.

  • Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records
    Special Education records from 2008-2009 (for those students who have graduated. moved or are no longer eligible for special education services at CISD) will be destroyed in accordance with state law, unless a parent/guardian notifies the school district (214-496-6955) by June 12 to retain them. Read more details here.