The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) is the federal law that governs the special education process. The term "special education" means specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with an identified disability. Students identified with special educational needs must undergo a referral process.
Helpful link: TEA Special Education Topics A-Z
English as a Second Language
Students in pre-K through high school who speak or hear a language other than English in their homes and who are learning English are eligible to participate in the district's ESL program. Initial eligibility is determined by the Home Language Survey.
Helpful link: TEA ESL brochure
Response to Intervention (RTI)
RTI meets the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act by helping with early identification of struggling learners and by providing immediate intervention. RTI is used to make referral decisions for students who do not respond to intervention efforts in the general education setting and can be used in the identification of students with specific learning disabilities. RTI intervention is provided by teacher referral.
Helpful link: District RTI Guidelines
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, this legislation ensures that eligible disabled students are provided with educational benefits and opportunities to those provided to non-disabled students. Under Section 504, a student is considered "disabled" if he or she suffers from a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Students who are eligible may qualify for accommodations.
Helpful link: Section 504: Texas Project First
Targeted instructed and support for students who are determined to have dyslexic tendencies are offered on the campus. Students who qualify for dyslexic services undergo testing, and qualify for Section 504 services and accommodations.
Helpful link: Dyslexia handbook
Gifted and Talented
Students who are identified as gifted and talented are provided enrichment opportunities by participation in a pullout program as well as in daily classroom activities. Gifted and talented students are identified through an established identification process.
Helpful link: TEA link for Gifted and Talented Education