Skip To Main Content

Header Holder

Header Top


Toggle Schools Container

Toggle Menu Container - Mobile

Header Bottom

Header Sticky

District Canvas Container

Close District Canvas

Desktop District Schools

Mobile District Schools

Horizontal Nav


Special Education Services (SB 139)

State Building Icon
Beginning with the 2017 school year, the Texas Education Agency  (TEA) changed the way it reports special education enrollment in school systems.  TEA no longer includes a target for a school system’s total numbers of students in special education as part of state monitoring.

For special education representation, TEA only reports on over- representation within certain race, ethnicity and disability categories, as required by federal law. School systems cannot use this reporting data to delay, deny or prevent a referral for an evaluation for special education services.

Brain Icon
Special Education/IDEA Eligibility

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, also known as IDEA, is a federal law that gives eligible students with disabilities the right to receive special education services and assistance in school. To be eligible for special education services, a student with a disability must  need instruction that  is specially designed to meet the student’s unique needs based on that disability.

Magnifying Glass
Who can request an evaluation for special education?

Family Icon
Parents or Guardians

A parent or guardian has the right to request a special education evaluation at any time. It is best to submit this request in writing to your school’s principal or to the school district’s special education director.  If your child is pre-school age and not yet enrolled in school, send the letter to the district’s special education director.

School Icon

If the school knows or has reason to suspect that the student has a disability and a need for special education services, the school must refer the student for a special education evaluation.

More information on evaluation timelines can be found at

A parent or guardian has the right to request a special education evaluation at any time.


Heather Canales 
(210) 945-5700

TEA has created topic specific information for families.

Use this link to access these resources:

Family members can call or log on to find answers to their questions as well as general information about special education: