THE ADMISSION, REVIEW AND DISMISSAL (ARD) PROCESS
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RESOURCES FROM THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
Two resources to assist families better understand the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) process and their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have been developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
A GUIDE TO THE ADMISSION, REVIEW, AND DISMISSAL PROCESS
A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process is a resource to help parents and families of students who are, or may be, eligible for special education supports and services take a more active part in planning their student’s educational program. This guide, written in English, Spanish, and 18 additional languages
- explains how an individualized educational program (IEP) is developed,
- explains parents’ rights and responsibilities in the process, and
- provides information that will help parents and families participate in more fully in their student’s ARD meeting.
A copy of the guide will also be given to parents who have a student referred for special education testing.
The Parent’s Guide to the ARD process is available in 20 languages.
The Procedural Safeguards document addresses the specific rights and responsibilities of the parent in the special education process under the IDEA. The document, written in English, Spanish, and 18 additional languages, defines common terms and explains specific rights related to activities and areas that impact a student’s educational program and services.
Parents will receive a copy of the Procedural Safeguards when the following activities occur:
- Initial referral for evaluation
- Notice of Decision
- Each notification of an ARD meeting
- Reevaluation of the student
- Receipt of a request for due process hearing.
The Notice of Procedural Safeguards is available in 20 languages.
THE ARD PROCESS BASIC TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
When is an ARD meeting necessary?
When is written notice required for an ARD meeting?
When may the requirement for written notice be waived?
Can an ARD meeting be held without the parent?
Participants of the ARD Meeting
During the ARD
Signing the Forms
INTERPRETER (IF NEEDED)
I. REVIEW OF ASSESSMENT DATA
- Comprehensive Assessment
- Other Assessment (indicate if additional assessment is needed)
- Vocational Assessment
- Records from other school district
- ITP information
- Parent information
- School personnel information
- Other agency/professional information
- Previous IEP reviewed (all ARDs except initial)
II. DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY
- Assistive technology needs
- Content areas not meeting regular mastery levels
DISCUSS/DEVELOP BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLAN FOR STUDENTS NOT ABLE TO FOLLOW THE CODE OF CONDUCT
ITP SUPPLEMENT COMPLETED (8TH-12TH)
IV. DETERMINATION OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED
- Classes/where provided
- Related Services
- Instructional Arrangement
- Coordination between regular and special education
- Notifying of progress
V. DETERMINATION OF PLACEMENT
- Services tried, considered, provided and results
- Supplements for AI and VI
- Placement determination
- Date of Services
VI. EXTENDED YEAR SERVICES
VII. GRADUATION (8TH-12TH)
VIII. LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT
XI. (INITIAL CONSENT AT INITIAL ARDS)