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Child Find/Early Childhood Transition (SPP 11-12)

 
Child Find
 
Child Find is a federal mandate under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  It requires local education agencies (LEAs), which include public school districts and charter schools, to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing within their jurisdictions who need special education and related services.  (34 CFR §300.111)
 
When Considering Referral to Special Education
 
The Student Data Review Guide When Considering a Referral to Special Education is designed to support school teams in reviewing and analyzing student data and information to make informed decisions regarding referrals for special education. This guide will help teams consider multiple areas that may impact the decision to proceed with a referral.
The Student Data Review Guide Summary of Responses provides an opportunity to graph responses from the Student Data Review Guide to obtain a visual representation of the student’s needs in the various areas. This visual representation is designed to guide the team through a process of individually considering a student’s data to make more informed referral decisions.

Initial Evaluations 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires local education agencies (LEAs) to conduct an initial evaluation when there is suspicion that a child has a disability and, as result of the disability, needs special education and related services. The full and individual initial evaluation (FIIE) includes procedures that are used selectively with an individual child.

Once a district determines an initial evaluation is necessary, IDEA regulations require LEAs to provide parents with prior written notice and obtain their informed consent for the proposed evaluation. In addition, parents are provided with procedural safeguards that explain the rights afforded to the parents and the child throughout the evaluation process. 

View the Special Education Initial Referral Timeline, the Special Education Full and Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE) Timeline, and the Special Education Full and Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE) Assessment Log documents on the Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports Network webpage. 

Child Find Initial Evaluations

 
The FIE Interactive Timeline tool linked below was developed by ESC-20 to assist school districts, charter schools, parents, and evaluation providers in determining the appropriate compliance schedule & state performance plan indicator for each student undergoing Full & Individual Initial Evaluation. Launch the PowerPoint to utilize the interactive features based on your individual student scenarios and/or circumstances. 
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 2004 mandates that all districts/charters report on 14 specific indicators related to the provision of special education services. This is done through a State Performance Plan (SPP). 
Child Find (SPP 11)

SPP Indicator 11 is related to Child Find and measures the “percent of children with parental consent to evaluate who were evaluated and eligibility determined within 60 days (or State established timelines).” This is a compliance indicator, and data is collected and reported by the district/charter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) through the TEA Login (TEAL) System.

Child Find materials are available to assist districts in locating children in their attendance areas who may be suspected of having a disability requiring special education services.

Early Childhood Transition (SPP 12)

SPP Indicator 12 is related to Early Childhood Transition and measures the “percent of children referred by Part C prior to age 3, who are found eligible for Part B, and who have an individual education program (IEP) developed and implemented by their third birthdays.” This is a compliance indicator, and data is collected and reported by the district/charter to TEA through the TEA Login (TEAL) System.

Access the TEAL System for SPP Indicators 11 & 12 data entry.

Tips for Maintaining SPP 11 & SPP 12 Data and Compliance

Evaluators and supervisors share responsibility in maintaining SPP 11 & SPP 12 data. The Tips for Maintaining SPP 11 & SPP 12 Data Compliance document outlines potential actions and strategies to stay on top of Child Find and Early Childhood Transition data throughout the year. 

SPP 11 Resources:

SPP 12 Resources: