How Many Textbooks Will the State Provide Students in Special Education?
The State will provide one textbook per student per subject area at the student's level of performance regardless of grade level.
May Students Have Off-Level Textbooks?
The State provides textbooks for special education students based on the level(s) of the student's needs.
Special education students, with IEPs, can be included in the counts of students for each level of textbook that is needed for the student.
For example. . .
A fourth grade special education student working at a fourth grade reading level, but at a second grade math level, may be included in both the fourth and second grade enrollments.
The district should then order a fourth grade reader and a second grade math book for the student.
19 TAC §66.104(l)
Adopted instructional materials shall be supplied to a pupil in special education classes as appropriate to the level of the pupil's ability and without regard to the grade for which the instructional materials is adopted or the grade in which the pupil is enrolled.
What if the ARD Committee Requires Two Copies?
TEA will provide the first copy per student per subject area.
The district must purchase the second copy at the same or different grade level.
The district may use State or local funds, including state special education funds, if the need is in the IEP.
Can Content Mastery Rooms Have Extra Pupil Editions?
There are no provisions for the State to provide extra pupil edition textbooks for content mastery rooms.
Districts may use the extra 10% above enrollment for this purpose.
How Can Large-type Textbooks Be Provided for Students with Dyslexia?
There are no provisions for the State to provide special textbooks to dyslexic students.
If needed by the student, the district must purchase directly from the publisher or large-print producer.
Can We Highlight Textbooks for Special Education Students?
Yes, if the student's IEP calls for such modification.
Highlighted textbooks remain in the district's inventory for the duration of the contract.
Are There Guidelines Related to ARDC Decisions About Textbooks?
ARD Committee decisions must follow all rules and regulations regarding IEP development.
The consideration of textbook accommodations must NOT be based on cost or administrative convenience.
State-Adopted Teacher Materials
Free-With-Order Teacher Materials
Teacher Editions for Special Education Teachers
Special ed teachers (e.g., content mastery, homebound, VI, co-teachers, etc.) may be included in the counts for subject area teachers, making those teachers eligible for state-adopted teacher materials.
Verified against numbers of teachers the district reports for each subject
Orders reduced by TEA if reported numbers do not match numbers ordered
Make sure districts count special ed teachers!
"Free-With-Order" Teacher Materials
Materials listed by publisher to be given without cost to the schools that order the publisher's products
Part of the bid package adopted by the SBOE
Not verified against teacher data, but forwarded with order
Reductions are made by publisher/or depository - contact them if incorrect.
Ancillary Teacher Materials
In addition to the "free-with-order" materials
Not part of the State adoption
The same for every district
Quotas set by individual publishers.
19 TAC §66.51(a) (3)
A teacher's component submitted to accompany student instructional materials under consideration for adoption shall be part of the publisher's official bid and shall be provided for the duration of the original contract and any contract extensions at no cost to every teacher that uses the adopted student materials in a school district or open-enrollment charter school.
The cost of all textbooks and materials not included in the State adoption are the responsibility of the local district.
The district is responsible for providing the supports to the teachers to enable them to provide a FAPE!