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Education Dept. Orders Texas To Remove Spec. Ed. Cap
The U.S. Department of Education has told Texas to stop using 8.5 percent as a guideline for special education enrollment, in the wake of a report from the Houston Chronicle that suggested identification rates across the state were artificially kept low.
The newspaper found that the state set that target about 10 years ago and strictly audited districts that went above that percentage. The state said the percentage was meant to be seen as a guideline. Nationwide, special education identification rates are about 13 percent.
Within 30 days, Texas must submit a letter to the Education Department with steps it will take to address the report, such as ensuring that districts identify, locate, and evaluate all children suspected of having a disability.
Vol. 36, Issue 08, Page 4Published in Print: October 12, 2016, as Education Dept. Orders Texas To Remove Spec. Ed. Cap