Statewide Leadership Functions and Projects

Education service centers (ESCs) provide state leadership for special education related functions. The ESCs listed next to the function are considered the lead ESC. Each lead ESC is responsible for establishing and coordinating a 20-region network for their function. The purpose of the 20-region network is to ensure ongoing communication between ESCs about state-level needs assessment processes, planning, and implementing and evaluating statewide activities.

The current Statewide Leadership Functions and Projects are being redesigned for launch in the 2019-2020 school year. Many resources and materials from the current functions and projects will be maintained by the new Statewide Leadership Networks launching in the 2019-2020 school year.

Statewide Leadership Functions 

ESCs provide state leadership for special education related functions. The ESCs listed next to the project are considered the Lead ESC.

  • The Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) Network (Region 20 ESC) focuses on all students with disabilities gaining access to and showing progress in the general curriculum through curricular and instructional adaptations in the least restrictive environment.  
  • The Low Incidence Disabilities Network  (Region 3 ESC) has the responsibility to provide leadership to the Texas Regional ESCs for building capacity to meet the needs of students who are severely and profoundly cognitively disabled, medically fragile, or deafblind. 
  • The Parent Coordination Network (Region 9 ESC) provides parents of students with disabilities accurate and timely information to assist them in making informed choices in their child’s education. 
  • The Texas Assistive Technology Network (Region 4 ESC) helps students with disabilities access the curriculum, increase independence, and participate actively in education and life activities. Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) focuses on students with disabilities receiving assistive technology devices and services when needed to benefit from a free, appropriate public education. 
  • The Texas Behavior Support Initiative (Region 4 ESC) provides trainings and products for ESC and child-serving agency network representatives to use in professional development and technical assistance activities with districts and charter schools and child-serving agencies. The goal is to create a positive behavior support system in the Texas public schools that helps students with disabilities receive special education supports and services in the least restrictive environment and to participate successfully in the TEKS-based curriculum and state assessment system. 
  • The Texas Secondary Transition and Post School Results (Region 11 ESC) provides statewide leadership and activities for the 20 ESC Region High School Transition Network. The focus is to promote a transition service delivery system in Texas that leads to all students with disabilities reaching their post-school goals. 
  • The Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism (Region 13 ESC), in collaboration with TEA, provides a way to access training, technical assistance, support, and resources for educators who serve students with autism. 
  • The Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired  (Region 11 ESC) provides statewide leadership and activities for the 20-ESC regional network. Professional development and technical assistance focuses on making sure that students with visual impairments have access to the general curriculum and improve skill areas necessary to compensate for visual loss. 
  • The Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Region 11 ESC) provides leadership, staff development, technical assistance, and support to assist Texas school districts meet the educational needs students who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Statewide Leadership Projects

ESCs provide state leadership for special education related projects. The ESCs listed next to the project are considered the Lead ESC. 

  • The Legal Framework (Region 18 ESC) is a dynamic electronic roadmap that summarizes state and federal requirements for special education by topic.
  • The focus of the Texas Autism Conference (Region 2 ESC) is continued education of and opportunities for people involved with individuals with autism.  
  • The Texas Initiative for Disproportionate Representation in Special Education (Region 1 ESC) is a resource for schools, school districts, and charter schools in addressing disproportionality. These resources include self-assessment tools, links to current research, and best practices, strategies, and trainings related to the needs of struggling students in order to lead to improvement of educational services.
  • The Special Education Information Center (Region 10 ESC) provides accurate and timely information and answers to questions about special education to stakeholders across the state.
  • The Evaluation Conference (Region 12 ESC) is provided by ESC 12, in collaboration with TEA, for evaluation personnel.