2013-2014 IDEA-B Significantly Expanded Charter Schools

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The purpose of this letter is to request child count data from officials to determine eligibility for significant expansion for 2013-2014 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B) grant funds. This submission is available for established charter schools that provide special education services to eligible students with disabilities based on current Full and Individual Evaluations (FIEs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

The open-enrollment charter school must have both of the following to meet the criteria for significant expansion of enrollment:

  • A minimum student enrollment of 50
  • Increase in enrollment must be 50% or greater

The instructions for this data report are enclosed to provide information detailing how to enter, certify, and submit the child counts in the 2013-2014 Special Education Data Request-Significantly Expanded form in eGrants.

The data report must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, November 25, 2013.

Reporting Child Count Data through eGrants

The child count data must be reported in the eGrants system, which may be accessed through the Texas Education Agency Secure Environment (TEASE). TEA is in the process of replacing TEASE with the TEA Login (TEAL). Until the migration to TEAL is complete, eGrants is still accessible through TEASE. Each charter school is assigned a TEASE account through the charter school setup process at the Texas Education Agency. Please email Computer Access at computer.access@tea.texas.gov for assistance with your security access.

The reporting system will be available in eGrants from November 1, 2013, through 5:00 p.m. Central Time on November 25, 2013. Child count data must be reported during this period of availability through the eGrants Special Collections, 2013-2014 Special Education Data Request-Significantly Expanded form.

Applicants may locate the eGrants 2013-2014 form as follows:

  • Access eGrants via TEASE.
  • From the drop-down list, select the 2013-2014 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application.
  • Under Special Collections, select the 2013-2014 Special Education Data Request-Significantly Expanded.

Significantly expanded charter schools must use the eGrants 2013-2014 Special Education Charter Data Request - Significantly Expanded form to report basic school information and the number of identified students with disabilities enrolled and receiving special education services as of November 1, 2013. The following sections are available for data collection:

Part 3, Eligible Students Served in Special Education Programs is used to report students with disabilities served through Public Law 108-446 (also known as IDEA-B). Each charter school should enter the information using school and student information from that individual charter school. Enrolled students with disabilities receiving services are to be counted only once.

Part 4, Supplemental Information is used to report the total number of students enrolled in the charter school, the total number of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, grade levels the charter school is currently teaching, and the actual opening date of the charter school. The counts reported in this section apply to the general population of the individual charter school.

Part 5, Report Submission Authorization is used to certify the information reported on the 2013-2014 Special Education Charter Data Request - Significantly Expanded form. Certification requires the entry of the name of the person preparing the report in addition to the name, email address, and phone number of the person certifying the report.

Note: Student data increases due to a TEA-approved consolidation, merger, or annexation are not a factor when determining signification expansion. Therefore, student data from a merged charter school should not be included.

For Further Information

For assistance in completing the data collection form, refer to the Report Instructions for the Special Education Charter Data Request, available through eGrants, or contact your regional education service center. If additional assistance is required, email the Division of Grants Administration at grants@tea.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Yolanda Cantu
Senior Director
Division of Grants Administration