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  • Department of Special Populations,
    Division of Special Education

    Phone: (512) 463-9414
    Fax: (512) 463-9560
    Email: sped@tea.texas.gov

    Emily Robinson,
    DHH Program Administrator, State Director of RDSPDs

    • Student Attendance Accounting Handbook
      State law requires every Texas school district to adopt an attendance accounting system that includes procedures to ensure the accurate recording and reporting of student attendance data. The Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) contains the official attendance accounting requirements that all public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in Texas must meet. The agency collects student attendance data primarily to ensure that Foundation School Program (FSP) funds can be correctly allocated to Texas’s public schools.

    • Registration of Students with Visual Impairments and DeafBlind Census
      All students who are eligible for special education as visually impaired or deafblind must be registered by the district on TEA’s annual Registration of Students with Visual Impairments. This information is collected for the American Printing House for the Blind and enables the agency to receive federal funds to purchase materials for students who qualify. Non-confidential information is also released to other entities to facilitate local, regional, statewide, and national planning, service development, and evaluation. This information is released on an annual basis.

    • Consent for Release of Confidential Information (English)
      All students who are eligible for special education as visually impaired or deafblind must be registered by the district on TEA’s annual Registration of Students with Visual Impairments. This information is collected for the American Printing House for the Blind and enables the agency to receive federal funds to purchase materials for students who qualify. Non-confidential information is also released to other entities to facilitate local, regional, statewide, and national planning, service development, and evaluation. This information is released on an annual basis.
      Information released includes name, birth date, grade, disabilities, acuity, textbook media, reading level, ethnicity, and school district. Also included is information about whether the student receives orientation and mobility services.   
    • Educating Students with Visual Impairments in Texas: Guidelines and Standards
      The Guidelines and Standards document helps in the development and implement programs and services for students with visual impairments and provides a clear understanding of the unique learning needs of these students.

    • Early Transition Memorandum of Understanding
      The purposes of the AI/VI MOU for services to infants and toddlers, birth through two are to:define roles and responsibilities between the Health and Human Services Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and TEA within the respective federal and state mandates; enhance interagency collaboration and relationships; and coordinate an effective system of activities, policies, and procedures, which guide and support the development and implementation of services.