- Texas Education Agency – Career and Technical Education and Special Education Answers
- Download our Tip Sheet for participating in ARDs/IEP Meetings
- ARD/IEP Documents
- Student-Led IEPs
- Supplemental Tools
- CTE Teacher Documents
- Additional Resources
- Parent Resources
Required IEP Documents
- Annual Goals and Objectives: Outlines specific short-term objectives and allows categories for documenting annual progress. Also allows for ARD committee to assign persons responsible and members’ comments.
- Autism/Visual Impairment Supplement: Allows committee to address needs specific to the characteristics of students with autism or visual impairments.
- Transition Supplement: Addresses post-secondary goals, related services, addiitonal transition-related areas such as community living, daily living skills, independent living and employment.
- Extended School Year Services Form: Required if students are recommended extended school year services.
- Graduation Plans: Required for every student by the time they enter 9th grade. Addresses core areas, state requirements and additional prep courses that will move students toward post-secondary goals.
- Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Form: Lists points to be discussed when addressing LRE.
- Modifications Form: Lists examples of instructional modifications and supports determined by the ARD committee.
- Participation in Statewide Assessment Form: Determines what assessments the student will need to take.
- Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance Form (PLAAFPS) : Outlines the present level of academic and non-academic competencies.
- Removal from General Education Form : Discusses justifications and ramifications of removing a student from the general education environment.
- Services Form: Lists related services and persons/agencies responsible and length of time required.
- Signature Page: Should be signed at the end of the ARD meeting by all attending parties . Each member also indicates whetehr they agree or disagree with the committee’s decisions on the student’s educational plan.
- Examples of complete ARD/IEP packets:
Student-Created PowerPoint : Example of a presentation created by a student to summarize goals, needs and personal characteristics. Aids the ARD committee to make appropriate decisions based on student’s current needs and interests.
Template: Outlining what students need to present to transition ARD committees.
Supplemental Tools useful to fulfill ARD Agenda Mandates
- General Eligibility Form: This flowchart outlines the determination of eligibility process for the student. Please check Texas Eligibility guidelines for the specific requirements: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147497444
- Determination of Least Restrictive Environment: Guidance for determining appropriate educational environments.
- Progress Form: Can be used by all reporting teachers to maintain records and share with ARD committee to report on IEP progress.
- Parent Interview: A parent interview is conducted prior to the ARD meeting and helps a special education teacher determine several important factors about the student that may be pertinent knowledge for the ARD committee.
- Program Inventory: Using a program inventory CTE teachers can inform the ARD committee about the tools, instructional methods and evaluation strategies used in their course.
- Basic Skills Inventory: CTE teachers can use this form to list the basic skills necessary for students to succeed in their classes. Additional Reference for Determining Basic Skills.
- Comprehensive Skills Inventory: This inventory enables CTE teachers to establish the skills that they would like their students to acquire at the end of their course.
- Progress Form
- Example of a PowerPoint presentation describing your program
- Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
- Updated/Proposed IEP Form: Can be used by CTE teachers to update IEP goals and objectives or propose new objectives based on the student’s performance in their classroom.
- A Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process –http://www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/ardguide/
- ARD Meetings – Federal and State Regulations – http://framework.esc18.net/Documents/20_ARD.htm
- Using the ARD/IEP Agenda to understand the Special Education process –http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/ARDIEP.html
- ARD/IEP Planning Conference between family and school –http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/SEProcessStep4.html
- ARD/IEP Meeting: What happens? – http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/SEProcessStep5.html
- Plan ahead for your child’s ARD meeting – http://www.tsbvi.edu/seehear/archive/ard.htm
- Good Questions To Ask in the ARD Meeting –http://lifeplanseminar.com/uploads/Six_Questions_Parents_Should_Ask_at_an_ARD_Meeting.pdf
- How to Survive an ARD Meeting – http://www.ehow.com/how_2164328_survive-ard-meeting.html
- Common mistakes parents can make – http://www.spednet.org/ten_common_mistakes_parents_make.htm
- IEP Basics: What the School Forgot to Tell You –http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/seehear/winter02/iep.htm