Accommodations vs Modifications

In ARD meetings, sometimes these terms are used interchangeably. However, there‚Äôs a big difference in the purpose of these terms. Accommodations affect how a student learns material. Accommodations help the student meet the same expectations…

The Importance of Positive School Climate

NPR profiled a campus where the day starts with a dance party, birthdays are celebrated and one lucky student each day is crowned Student of the Day. All these activities foster a positive school climate…

Trainings for Evaluators

Evaluators looking for updated trainings can now review the Updated Special Education Workshop Brochure! Some trainings do come at a cost, but others are FREE! Be sure to register for any trainings you are interested…

Sample STAAR Online Tests

The countdown to STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) tests continue! Education Service Center, Region 20 (ESC20) has released sample STAAR Online tests here: http://www.esc20.net/default.aspx?name=ci_staar.SpecialEducation.STAAR-ASampleTests

Role of LSSP in Mental Health

LSSPs! NASP released a great infographic on the importance of LSSPs and our role in mental health. I recently had a campus experience a trauma and instead of reaching out to LSSP, the campus reached…

Special Education 8.5% cap in Texas

The biggest Special Education story of the year in Texas continues with its controversy. Just recently, disability advocates have threatened to sue the Texas Education Agency if the state does not permanently remove a cap…

Timelines Visual – Special Education Process

The Texas Education Agency in collaboration with the Education Service Center 18 have created a visual timeline for the process of Special Education. This can be very helpful in understanding the timelines of a process…

STAAR Testing Dates for 2017

The STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) tests are just around the corner. Schools and teachers recommend all students testing to get a good night of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Below…