Special Education: Identification, Evaluation, and Eligibility
Board Policy EHBAA(LEGAL)Children with a disability in Texas, from ages three through 21, are entitled to a free appropriate public education. Students with visual or hearing disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education from birth. Azle ISD provides free appropriate programs for students with disabilities. If you know a child that needs help, contact your local school or the Azle ISD Special Services department at 817-444-3235.
A district shall ensure that all children residing within the district who have disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated. This requirement applies to:
- Homeless children;
- Children who are wards of the state;
- Children attending private schools;
- Highly mobile children (including migrant children); and
- Children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(A); 34 C.F.R. 300.111(a)(1)(i), (c)
A student is eligible to participate in a district's special education program if:
- The student is between the ages of 3 and 21, inclusive;
- The student has one or more of the disabilities listed in federal regulations, state law, or both; and
- The student's disability(ies) prevents the student from being adequately or safely educated in the public schools without the provision of special services.
20 U.S.C. 1401(3); Education Code 29.003(b); 19 TAC 89.1035, .1040
A student with a visual or auditory impairment shall be eligible to participate in a district's special education program from birth. 19 TAC 89.1035(b); Education Code 30.002(e), .081
See policy EHBAA(LEGAL) for more information regarding special education identification, evaluation, and eligibility.