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This site includes frameworks, publications, and resources helpful in the special education process. There is a glossary of terms and acronyms, links to laws, rules and guidance; and a search feature. 
USDE's IDEA statute and regulations web page and link
U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) statute and regulations page.
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Legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents can be found here for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), FERPA, Civil Rights, Higher Education Act, IDEA, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other topics. 
  • What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?


    The basic premise within Universal Design for Learning is that flexibility in curriculum must be available to accommodate the diverse differences in student learners. Thus, the UDL framework encompasses three overarching principles that aim to minimize barriers and maximize learning.

    A universally designed curriculum includes:

    • multiple means of presentation to allow various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,
    • multiple means of expression to allow alternatives for demonstrating knowledge, and
    • multiple means of engagement to challenge appropriately, to motivate, and to allow learners to express and participate in their interests.

    How can UDL be supported in educational environments?

    Administrators are ultimately held responsible for the teaching and learning process that occurs in schools.

    • Administrators can support UDL by:
      Modeling the principle of UDL to school staff and students.
    • Support staffs that collaborate to focus on student achievement and to develop methods and materials that support the principles of UDL in classrooms.
    • Incorporate UDL principles into the school district mission.
  • Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

    Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
  • The UDL Guidelines website image and link
    This website goes into detail about the different UDL Guidelines.  Explanations, and examples for each guideline and checkpoint are provided.  
    CAST website image and link
    The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. 
    Understood website image and link
    This chart describes the Difference Between UDL and Traditional Education.   
    Universal Design for Learning Tech Tool Kit image and link
    The UDL Tech Tool Kit website is a database of technology resources for use in a UDL classroom.  Resources include audio books, text to speech, graphic organizers, multimedia and digital story telling, study skills, literacy skills and more.   

The resources on this page are intended to assist campus administrators to quickly locate special education information, contacts, and training material to support their daily interaction with students receiving special education services, the parents of these students and the team that supports these students. 

ESC 20 Special education resources for administrators

IEP Goal Development in Texas Online Course

The course focuses on the portion of the ARD process related to developing a student's Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP), using the PLAAFP to create enrolled grade level measurable annual academic goals, and progress monitoring. This training is a joint project of the Progress in the General Curriculum Statewide Network and Texas Education Agency, 

  • Cara Wyly
    Project Manager, Progress in the General Curriculum Network
    (210) 370-5413


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