TEC 29.011
Texas Education Code § 29.011. Transition Planning.  

(a) The commissioner shall by rule adopt procedures for compliance with federal requirements relating to transition services for students who are enrolled in special education programs under this subchapter. The procedures must specify the manner in which a student's admission, review, and dismissal committee must consider, and if appropriate, address the following issues in the student's individualized education program:                
(1)  appropriate student involvement in the student's transition to life outside the public school system;                
(2)  if the student is younger than 18 years of age, appropriate  involvement in the student's transition by the student’s parents and other persons invited to participate by:
 (A) the student’s parents; or
 (B) the school district in which the student is enrolled;                
(3)  if the student is at least 18 years of age,  involvement in the student's transition and future by the student’s parents and other persons, if the parent or other person:
(A)  is invited to participate by the student or the school district in which the student is enrolled; or
(B)  has the student’s consent to participate pursuant to a supported decision-making agreement under Chapter 1357, Estates Code;                
(4)  appropriate  postsecondary education options, including preparation for postsecondary-level coursework;                                   (5)  an appropriate  functional vocational evaluation;                                                     
(6)  appropriate employment goals and objectives;                                                        
(7)  if the student is at least 18 years of age, the availability of age-appropriate instructional environments, including community settings or environments that prepare the student for postsecondary education or training, competitive integrated employment, or independent living, in coordination with the student’s transition goals and objectives;                
(8)  appropriate independent living goals and objectives;                                           
(9)  appropriate circumstances for facilitating a referral of  a student or the student's parents to a governmental agency for services or public benefits, including a referral to a governmental agency to place the student on a waiting list for public benefits available to the student, such as a waiver program established under Section 1915(c), Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 1396n(c)); and  
(10)  the use and availability of appropriate:
(A)  supplementary aids, services, curricula, and other opportunities to assist the student in developing decision-making skills; and
 (B)  supports and services to foster the student’s independence and self-determination, including a supported decision-making agreement under Chapter 1357, Estates Code.

(a-1)  A student’s admission, review, and dismissal committee shall annually review the issues described by Subsection (a) and, if necessary, update the portions of the student’s individualized education program that address those issues.

(a-2)  The commissioner shall develop and post on the agency’s Internet website a list of services and public benefits for which referral may be appropriate under Subsection (a)(9). 

(b) The commissioner shall require each school district or shared services arrangement to designate at least one employee to serve as the district’s or shared services arrangement’s designee on transition and employment services for students enrolled in special education programs under this subchapter. The commissioner shall develop minimum training guidelines for a district’s or shared services arrangement’s designee. An individual designated under this subsection must provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services, including each issue described by Subsection (a), and interagency coordination to ensure that local school staff communicate and collaborate with:                
(1) students enrolled in special education programs under this subchapter and the parents of those students; and                
(2) as appropriate, local and regional staff of the:                               
(A) Health and Human Services Commission;                              
(B) Texas Workforce Commission;                               
(C) Department of State Health Services; and                              
(D) Department of Family and Protective Services. 

(c)  The commissioner shall review and, if necessary, update the minimum training guidelines developed under Subsection (b) at least once every four years. In reviewing and updating the guidelines, the commissioner shall solicit input from stakeholders.


Last Amended: 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 574 (S.B. 748), Sec. 1, eff. June 9, 2017  
85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1044 (H.B. 1886), Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2017
Entered:  Aug. 8, 2017
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