Presentation on theme: "Transition Talk Webinar Series: 83rd Texas Legislature Updates Presented by Elizabeth Danner September 4, 2013 Webinar handouts available at www.bit.ly/transitiontalk201www.bit.ly/transitiontalk2013."— Presentation transcript:
Transition Talk Webinar Series: 83rd Texas Legislature Updates Presented by Elizabeth Danner September 4, 2013 Webinar handouts available at www.bit.ly/transitiontalk201www.bit.ly/transitiontalk2013
Also on deck: Erin Wilder - DARS Rachel Jew - DSHS Webinar handouts available at www.bit.ly/transitiontalk201www.bit.ly/transitiontalk2013
Legislative Updates Review key bills for special education, with a focus on transition Discuss impact for schools and students Next Steps
HB 617 Relating to transition and employment services for public school students enrolled in special education programs.
HB 617 TEA Transition & Employment Guide Training guidelines for specialist District Designate transition & employment services specialist Post TEA guide and share with parents
HB 617 Transition & Employment Designee Meet training guidelines Provide information and resources about Effective transition planning and services and Interagency coordination to ensure that local staff communicate and collaborate with student, family, and agencies
District Considerations and To-Do Designate contact for transition and employment services, consider posting to district website Watch for development of minimum training guidelines Refine job description for designee based on agency training and standards Watch for transition and employment guide from TEA and be prepared to post to district website, provide information and assistance to parents HB 617
HB 5 Relating to public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements.
HB 5: District Considerations and To-Do Ensure special education staff members receive the same training as general education district staff on HB 5 Coordinate with general education counselors on the new PGP requirements; focus on incoming 8th graders; Compare to current transition planning requirements Identify district courses ARD committees can substitute for foreign language requirements Review CTE and CTED options in your district Watch for SBOE and Commissioner rule writing – Public Comment period in December Watch for TEA communication regarding opportunities to participate in the STAAR-Alt redevelopment Attend Leaving a Clear Trail, check LiveBinder frequently: www.bit.ly/gradguide
No More 9xxx Codes! Entered Grade 9 in or after 2011-12 Use C022 Table Service ID code Use Unique Codes for EOC courses Use 8xxx codes for local credit Entered Grade 9 prior to 2011-12 Use Unique Codes for EOC courses May use 9xxx/8xxx codes Districts may choose to use only the C022 codes for all grades/cohorts
Class of 2013 Service ID Codes (C022 Table) Unique Codes should be used for ALL students in ALL grades for courses with an EOC Courses taken prior to 2012-13 do not have to be renamed using the unique codes and standard abbreviations (e.g., 9543678R = Applied Eng 2) Districts may choose to include Service ID Code on the AAR, but must include either the full course name (e.g., English Language Arts 1) or the abbreviation (e.g., ENG 1) Unique Code
Curriculum Requirements Gena Helton (firstname.lastname@example.org)email@example.com Accountability/State Assessment Jennifer Womack and Jonathan Delgado firstname.lastname@example.org@esc13.txed.net and email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org PEIMS John Shaffer (email@example.com)firstname.lastname@example.org Special Education Elizabeth Danner (email@example.com)firstname.lastname@example.org
SB 1226 Relating to the establishment of an employment-first policy and task force to promote competitive employment opportunities that provide a living wage for people with disabilities Key Points (School impact) Ensure that all working-age individuals with disabilities, including young adults, are offered factual information regarding employment as an individual with a disability Ensure that individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to understand and explore options for education or training, including postsecondary, graduate, and postgraduate education, vocational or technical training, or other training, as pathways to employment Ensure that the staff of public schools, vocational service programs, and community providers are trained and supported to assist in achieving the goal of competitive employment for all individuals with disabilities The executive commissioner shall establish an interagency employment-first task force... to promote competitive employment of individuals with disabilities and the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.
SB 45 Relating to the provision of employment assistance and supported employment to certain Medicaid waiver program participants SB 45 - Key Points: Employment Assistance, defined as "assistance provided to an individual to help the individual locate paid employment in the community" Supported Employment, defined as "assistance provided to sustain paid employment to an individual who requires intensive, ongoing support to be self-employed, work from home, or perform in a work setting at which individuals without disabilities are employed."