• Child Find  

    What Is Child Find?

    1. Child Find is a legal requirement that the Local Education Agency (LEA) finds all children who have disabilities and who may be entitled to special education services.
    2. Child Find covers every child from birth through age 21.
    3. The LEA must evaluate any child that it knows or suspects may have a disability.
    4. It’s a legal requirement for schools to find children who have disabilities and need services. Identifying these kids is an important first step toward getting them the help they need to succeed in school.

    Child Find (SPP 11)

    SPP Indicator 11 is related to Child Find and measures the “percent of children with parental consent to evaluate who were evaluated and eligibility determined within 60 days (or State established timelines).” This is a compliance indicator, and data is collected and reported by the district/charter to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through the TEA Login (TEAL) System.

    Early Childhood Transition (SPP 12)

    SPP Indicator 12 is related to Early Childhood Transition and measures the “percent of children referred by Part C prior to age 3, who are found eligible for Part B, and who have an individual education program (IEP) developed and implemented by their third birthdays.” This is a compliance indicator, and data is collected and reported by the district/charter to TEA through the TEA Login (TEAL) System.

    SPP Indicators 11 & 12 are a single application within the TEAL System.

    Resources 

    Additional Resources

    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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    The Iris Center

    Connect with other Statewide Technical Assistance Networks.
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    Child Find materials are available to assist districts in locating children in their attendance areas who may be suspected of having a disability requiring special education services. 

    Stefanie Cassels
    Special Education Field Service Agent
    Instructional Services 
    (817) 740-7569