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Purpose and Goals of Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network

Child Find is legally required, and is an important first step to finding children with disabilities and getting them the support and services they require to be successful in school. The full and individual initial evaluation (FIIE) is a critical component when determining the eligibility and needs of the child. The role of the ARD committee is to develop the IEP to enable a child with a disability to achieve the prescribed goals resulting in positive outcomes. [TEA Special Education Strategic Plan, April 2018]

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The responsibility of the Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network is to ensure all children with disabilities are located, evaluated, identified, and that free appropriate public education (FAPE) is made available.




The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. TEA’s role in these efforts is to help coordinate the flow of information from the state to districts, help districts solve problems, and provide guidance that will aid in districts’ decision-making. Please access information, guidance, and FAQs related to COVID-19 at the following:

TEA Coronavirus-COVID-19 Support
TEA Special Education and Special Populations Guidance

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Additional Resources

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Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004

Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 contains historical resources associated with the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).

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The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process

The Legal Framework site contains a compilation of state and federal requirements as they apply to child-centered special education.

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SPEDTex Special Education Information Center

SPEDTex provides resources to support the development and delivery of services to Texas children with disabilities.

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Building RTI Capacity

Building RTI Capacity for Implementation site provides resources to assist schools in building their capacity for implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) in order to increase student achievement.

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Texas Center for Learning Disabilities

The Texas Center for Learning Disabilities is a grant-funded research center developed to investigate the classification, early intervention and remediation of learning disabilities in K–12 students.

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The Iris Center

The IRIS Center, Vanderbilt University, is dedicated to improving outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions.

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