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US Department of Education to Visit LISD to Collect Data on Special Education Processes & Procedures

US Department of Education to Visit LISD to Collect Data on Special Education Processes & Procedures
Posted on 02/17/2017

The U.S. Department of Education is conducting a review of the Texas Education Agency’s Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS). This system requires school districts to report data to TEA for the purpose of monitoring district performance in a number of areas, including special education. The PBMAS includes an indicator (Indicator 10) to measure the percentage of enrolled students who receive special education services. The standard performance level is 8.5 percent. The Department of Education has expressed concern that the use of this indicator may have limited the number of students identified, evaluated and served in special education. TEA responded to these concerns and explained that this number is a relative indicator, not a cap or limit on the number or percent of students that school districts can or should serve in special education.

Leander ISD is currently at 10.5 percent special education enrollment and has been above 8.5 percent since the PBMAS was implemented. The district has never received any guidance or corrective action from TEA to decrease this number.

The Department of Education notified TEA in late January that it would conduct site visits of selected school districts across Texas in order to collect data on special education identification and evaluation processes and procedures. Leander ISD was recently notified that we are one of the 12 districts selected.

We are very proud of our special education program and the students that we serve. We welcome this visit and the opportunity to provide information regarding our procedures and practices.