The U.S. Department of Education plans to return to Texas the week of February 27 to conduct site visits in selected districts in continuation of their investigation of  the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) established 8.5 percent “benchmark” for special education enrollments.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will also examine documents from a sample district to familiarize themselves with specific State, district, and school procedures and practices. Then OSERS will request documents from all districts selected for the site visits. Finally, OSERS will conduct interviews with TEA staff to review TEA’S oversight of special education programs, particularly issues regarding referrals, child find, and evaluations of students suspected of having a disability.

To read the complete article about the U.S. Department of Education’s upcoming visit please click the following link:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/Feds-plan-to-devote-more-resources-to-10869700.php?t=649c078a89438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium#photo-10907181

U.S. Department of Education to Return to Texas

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