Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS)

The Differentiated Monitoring Support system consists of two types of special education program monitoring: Cyclical reviews and Targeted reviews.

 

Texas Continuous Improvement Process

The Division of Review and Support has developed a FAQ to provide guidance on frequent questions and/or concerns expressed by various stakeholder groups during events conducted across the state regarding the Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS) system and the effects on local education agencies during the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

 

The Division of Review and Support strives to improve special education services for Texas local education agencies (LEAs). The monitoring process is intended to help school districts continuously improve services and facilitate positive student outcomes. LEAs currently engaging in the Cyclical Review process, without an on-site visit, will be asked to participate in  and distribute an electronic Stakeholder Survey. The Division of Review and Support has developed a FAQ to provide guidance on frequent questions and/or concerns expressed regarding the survey.

 

Cyclical Reviews

State education agencies have a responsibility under federal law, to establish a system of general supervision that monitors local education agencies' (LEA) implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is accountable to monitor local education agencies (LEAs) to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and to improve services and results for students with disabilities. 

The TEA will conduct IDEA cyclical reviews to determine compliance with federal and state laws for serving students with disabilities; and to assist LEAs in resolving specific issues or concerns that impact services and outcomes for students with disabilities.

All LEAs in the state of Texas will be, at a minimum, monitored every six years in a scheduled cycle. Cyclical monitoring schedules will be published on the TEA website in two-year increments in July prior to the start of each school year. LEAs participating in cyclical monitoring will also receive correspondence from the TEA at the start of the school year, and throughout the monitoring process. Each school year, LEAs selected for monitoring will be reviewed in three groups as follows:

Group 1: October-December

Group 2: January-March

Group 3: April-June

The first two years of the cyclical schedule can be found here: 

 

 


Targeted Reviews

Performance levels determined for each LEA will trigger differentiated levels of monitoring and enforcement by the agency to improve results-driven outcomes for students. The indicators will be used as a preventative diagnostic for LEAs to develop solutions for issues impacting results for students with disabilities. The performance levels identify the need for more in-depth analysis. LEAs that are identified as having an overall performance level of 2, 3, or 4 will be asked to participate in a Targeted Support Review which will focus on the identified areas that require intervention.


Intensive Support

Beginning in the Fall of 2020, the TEA will conduct a comprehensive data review of LEAs who are identified as Needs Substantial Intervention. Based on the comprehensive data review, the TEA will determine if a LEA requires intensive support.

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Contact Information

Office of Special Populations and Monitoring
Department of Review and Support

Phone: (512) 463-9414
Monday-Friday (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Fax:(512) 463-9560
Email: ReviewandSupport@tea.texas.gov  

Office of Special Populations and Monitoring
Department of Special Education

Phone: (512) 463-9414
Monday-Friday (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Fax:(512) 463-9560
Email: sped@tea.texas.gov  

Special Education or IEP-Related Questions?

Consult SPEDTex, the Texas Special Education Information Center. This is a resource backed by TEA to inform and support parents, teachers, and anyone committed to the success of children with disabilities.

 


Phone: 1-855-SPEDTEX  (1-855-773-3839
Website:
www.spedtex.org