AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has ordered an immediate end to the Texas Education Agency’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Analysis Project.
“Improving educational outcomes
for special education students is a priority for the State. TEA believed that IEP
analysis could be an important project that had the potential to greatly
strengthen local and state support for special education students across our
state,” said Commissioner Morath. “Significant concerns have been raised
regarding our agency’s processes and the scope of the project. The efficacy of
the project would be undermined without real support from parents and educators
alike. As a result, this project cannot proceed effectively. TEA will continue
to work with parents and educators to identify methods to improve outcomes for
our special education students.”
As part of the Commissioner’s
directive to halt the project, TEA has sent SPEDx – the vendor carrying out the
project – a formal notice of contract termination. Contract termination takes
effect in 15 days (per terms of the contract). In addition, terms of the
contract require SPEDx to destroy all student information it currently
possesses. No state level report using data from this project will be produced.
Commissioner Morath has also begun a review of contracting processes within the
Commissioner Morath noted that initial
feedback from school districts participating in the project had been positive.
In addition, SPEDx has been very responsive and met contract expectations, with
some local school districts already receiving an initial local-level report.
Districts who have engaged in
the project will still receive funding to support any expenses planned or
incurred by their participation. Districts can use these funds to support special
Launched earlier this year, the
goal of the IEP Analysis Project was to identify specific approaches to
individual education programs that show the most promise for students in
special education. An IEP is a written education program
designed to provide a free appropriate public education to students in special
education. With information from the project, Texas school districts could
have significantly improved the academic resources available to teachers who
support special education students.
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