Other Mandates

  • Additional statutes related to special education, general education, and disability rights include:

    • The Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), includes requirements for the testing of students in special education and the provision of supplemental services. ESSA also:
      • Requires all students to be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them for college and career success.
      • Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments.
      • Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators.
      • Sustains and expands investments in and access to high-quality preschool.
      • Accountability and action to effect positive change in underperforming schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.
    • Texas Deaf Child Bill of Rights, from the Texas Education Code Sec.29.302., affirms that educational programs should recognize and consider the unique nature of students who are deaf or hard of hearing hearing, including their communication and language needs. This national effort was spearheaded by the National Association of the Deaf.
    • The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act has proposed legislation to strengthen IDEA to improve compliance, strategic planning and data collection. Several organizations are supporting this act at the federal legislative level.