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In Texas, the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee is responsible for making decisions about a child’s special education program. The ARD committee is also known as the individualized education program (IEP) team in other states.

After the initial evaluation report is complete, an ARD committee must meet to review the evaluation and determine if the child meets eligibility criteria for special education and related services.


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Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee Manager Training
This professional development session is a self-paced, online course that is intended to provide participants with best practices to ARD committee managers for local education agencies (LEAs) that choose to use this model. This course is intended to provide information, guidance, and best practice for successfully achieving the expectations, roles, and responsibilities of an ARD committee manager, including scheduling ARD committee meetings, preparing and finalizing required ARD committee paperwork, facilitating the ARD committee meeting, and supporting families and school personnel with the ARD committee processes.


Early Childhood Special Education Continuum of Services
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for all children, including preschool children with disabilities. Because providing preschool classes is not a requirement for local education agencies, finding natural environments for preschool-aged children with disabilities to receive special education services can be a challenge for school districts. This Region 20 Education Service Center Early Childhood Special Education Continuum of Services document provides options for local education agencies (LEAs) to consider for the preschool-aged children with disabilities.

Supplemental Special Education Services
Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) are $1,500 one-time on-line grants for eligible parents/caregivers of eligible students served by special education that have been impacted by COVID-19 school closures. Families of eligible students can use the on-line accounts to obtain educational materials and resources and/or services such as additional speech therapy or other specific services. If you have additional questions or need help, email or call SPEDTex at 1-855-773-3839.