HB 617

Transition Talk Webinar Series:
83rd Texas Legislature Updates
Presented by
Elizabeth Danner
September 4, 2013
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Also on deck:
Erin Wilder - DARS
Rachel Jew - DSHS
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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
• Transition & Employment Guide
• Training guidelines for specialist
• 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
HB 617
District Considerations and To-Do
• Designate contact for transition and employment
services, consider posting to district website
• Watch for development of minimum training
• 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 5
Relating to public school
accountability, including
assessment, and curriculum
Assessment Under HB 5
15% and Cumulative score =
Curriculum Under HB 5
Foundation Program (22 credits)
Optional endorsements:
• Business & Industry
• Public Services
• Arts & Humanities
• Multidisciplinary
HB 5: Special Education
STAAR Modified
• Last administration = Spring 2014
STAAR Alternate
• 2014 administration will be the last
year for teacher-made materials
• Level 1
• Course substitutions for SWDs
Foundation Program?
Distinguished Achievement?
Assessment required?
Modified curriculum
and/or assessment?
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:
About the
9xxx Codes . . .
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 Code
• 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)
Curriculum Requirements
Gena Helton ([email protected])
Accountability/State Assessment
Jennifer Womack and Jonathan Delgado
[email protected] and
[email protected]
John Shaffer ([email protected])
Special Education
Elizabeth Danner ([email protected])
Bills Related to Agency Services
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
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
• 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."
Other bills related to
Special Education
Other Bills: Special Education
SB 542: Facilitated IEP
SB 39: V.I. Expanded Core Curriculum
SB 816: Evaluation Timelines
SB 906: STAAR Alternate levels
SB 914: BIPs
Rider: Special Ed Monitoring
Next Steps . . .
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