Texas Education Agency Special Education Values & Priorities
SURVEY IS OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 10th, 2017
This is a voluntary survey to help determine values and priorities regarding special education in Texas. Some of these statements may be goals educators are shooting for and may not yet be in place where you are.
Please indicate how you value each statement by marking 1-4 below where 1 = Less Important and 4 = More Important.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Laurie Kash, State Special Education Director, Texas Education Agency
Increase graduation rates for all student groups
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Decrease dropout rates for all student groups
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Increase the number of graduates in integrated and competitive employment
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Provide multiple paths to graduation with pre-identified post-graduation pathways
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Increase early career exploration at the elementary and middle school grades
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Increase adult living skills in students
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Create a program to collect and respond to ongoing parent concern data
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Increase meaningful parent participation in the special education process
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Develop more active parent information and training centers
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Increase positive community and school collaboration
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Increase training opportunities around quality inclusive practices for teachers and administrators
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Increase inclusive preschool options for children with disabilities
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Improve training opportunities for para-educators to ensure safety and learning for students
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Increase access to multiple ways of learning and environments to support everyone's needs (using Universal Design for Learning)
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Increase the number of students in meaningful inclusion in the general education setting.
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Find and correct non-compliance to improve student outcomes
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Use dispute resolution systems as a means of providing training to families and educators regarding special education requirements
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Assist in the re/establishment of communication between families and educators to help them resolve disputes locally
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Improve literacy/reading STAAR scores
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Increase number of students with disabilities passing 4th grade STAAR Reading and Math
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Maintain high-quality standards for teachers of special education and incentivize excellent candidates to move forward in the teaching field
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Improve student performance using research-based methods
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Increase participation in computer programming, STEM, and tech classes by students with disabilities
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Increase the number of students enrolled in CTE courses for certification in various industries poised for growth
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Improve behavior supports for students with intensive behavior needs
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Decrease exclusionary disciplinary actions like suspension and expulsion
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Reduce the number of restraints and seclusions or "Time Outs" as defined by law
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Increase student participation in extra-curricular activities and student government
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Support integrated opportunities for disabled and non-disabled peers to play and compete together
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Explore options for proficiency-based credit for extra-curricular activities (such as credit for after-school sports like Special Olympics)
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Increase social skills for all students to include interacting with disabled and non-disabled students
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Improve strategies and practices to support developmental and social-emotional learning
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Improve use of Assistive Technology for all students
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Promote use of technology for self-monitoring and self regulation
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Increase access to mental health services for students
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Work to make sure school climate and culture is friendly and welcoming to all students
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Work to increase youth voice in services and supports provided, including promoting student-led ARDs (IEP) meetings
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Ensure that clearly articulated and family-friendly protocols are available for transition between service programs like Head Start, Early Childhood Intervention, and Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities.
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Ensure effective services for pre-K students are delivered in the most appropriate setting for each child and not driven by a one-size-fits-all standard.
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Engage parents early and often to assist in educational planning in a language and setting that is comfortable.
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Ensure special education preschool options are available to all families.
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Identify student growth measures for standardized testing
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Ensure students are identified for Special Education Services in a timely manner consistent with state and federal guidelines
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Ensure parents are kept up to date about progress throughout the response to intervention (RTI) process if their child is involved in interventions
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Ensure evaluations are clearly explained in family-friendly language in the ARD (IEP) meeting and that translations are available if English is not the native language.
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Assist students to develop self-advocacy and resiliency skills
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