Updates on Special Education

Dear CISD Families - 

Beginning with the 2017 school year, the Texas Education  Agency (TEA) changed the way it reports special education  enrollment in school systems. TEA no longer includes a target for a school system’s total numbers of students in special education as part of state monitoring. For special education representation, TEA only reports on over- representation within certain race, ethnicity and disability categories, as required by federal law. School systems cannot use this reporting data to delay, deny or prevent a referral for an evaluation for special education services. 

Please read the SB 139 Updates flyer (in English and Spanish.) This flyer contain the following information:

  • Changes made from 2016 to 2017 in reporting requirements for LEAs regarding special education enrollment in the Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System
  • The rights of a child regarding the provision of special education services under both state and federal law
  • The process and procedures for initiating a referral for evaluation for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and TEC Sec. 29.004.
  • Where to find local policies and procedures related to initiating a referral for evaluation under IDEA

To begin the special education process with your child, visit the Intervention Services website or call 214-496-6955.

Thank you,

CISD Intervention Services Team