districts and charter schools are subject to the residential facilities
monitoring system (RFM) if they serve students with disabilities who reside in residential
facilities (RFs) within their geographic boundaries or jurisdiction. In
accordance with 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §97.1072, the RFM system
provides standards and procedures for monitoring special education programs offered
to students with disabilities residing in RFs. The RFM system has been
established to improve performance and compliance with federal and state
special education requirements for a unique and vulnerable population of
students who often have limited access to family members who can advocate for
their educational needs.
definition of an RF, for the purposes of the RFM system, is a facility that
provides 24-hour custody or care of students who reside in the facility for:
does not include traditional foster homes licensed by the Texas Department of
Family and Protective Services as Foster Family Homes (Independent).
The RFM system is a data-driven,
results-based system of coordinated and aligned agency monitoring activities.
Targeted and graduated interventions are implemented based on areas of risk, shown
in historical monitoring data, longitudinal district performance, and district data
submitted or available to the TEA. The RFM system focuses on program
performance and effectiveness as well as program compliance with federal and
state requirements and includes an annual analysis of data for each RF district
in the state.
results of TEA’s annual data analysis determine extent of intervention
activities in which an RF district must engage and the related level of TEA
involvement. Intervention activities will focus on data analysis by RF
districts and the TEA to determine and address causal factors for program
ineffectiveness or noncompliance. At higher stages of intervention, the agency may
conduct an on-site visit to review a broad array of program effectiveness and
compliance issues. The result of all intervention activities will be the
development and implementation of a targeted improvement plan, with corrective
actions, if needed.
For more information about residential
facility monitoring download the RFM
manual. LEAs that need help
conducting required nonpublic interventions should view the RF monitoring guidance and resources webpage.