Transition in Texas

State Performance Plan

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires each state to develop a six-year performance plan. This State Performance Plan (SPP) evaluates the State's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA and illustrates how the State will continuously improve upon this implementation. The SPP is submitted to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) with annual progress reports related to the SPP, known as the State's Annual Performance Report (APR), submitted to the Secretary of Education.
 
The SPP contains 20 performance and compliance indicators related to the implementation of IDEA. These 20 indicators are aligned to five monitoring priorities set by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (USDE/OSEP). The five monitoring priorities are: (1) Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment, (2) Disproportionality, (3) Child Find, (4) Effective Transition, and (5) General Supervision. 
 
Each indicator has a measurement and a target which are defined by the state or the OSEP. The State received advisement on certain performance targets from the Texas Steering Committee, a group of special education stakeholders (parents, advocates, school personnel). The Texas Steering Committee provides advisement on targets prior to the submission of each APR.

Statewide leadership in addressing identified areas of need in special education services is provided through eleven functions and five projects directed by various ESCs. The ESC Region XI provides statewide leadership for effective transition in Texas and coordinates the activities of a 20-region network to ensure ongoing communication among ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes and planning, as well as implementing and evaluating statewide activities.   

As a part of this leadership function, the ESC Region XI provides training and technical assistance regarding data collection for SPP Indicator 13 and SPP Indicator 14. Data for Indicator 13 is collected by local school districts and submitted directly to the TEA. Data for Indicator 14 is collected by the TEA based on information provided by local school districts. The results of data collected are reported in the Annual Performance Report. 

Additional information is available on the TEA website under State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report.

 
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