• Delayed/Denied Evaluations and Compensatory Services

    Bill (SB) 89, passed during the 87th Regular Texas Legislative Session, was signed into law on June 7, 2021, by Governor Abbott, and took effect immediately. 

    Known as the COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act, SB 89 amended the Texas Education Code by adding §29.0052. The COVID-19 Special Education Recovery Act is intended to help local education agencies (LEAs) identify and address special education and related service interruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The act requires that the Individualized Education Program (IEP) of each student enrolled in an LEA’s special education program during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year include certain documentation. 

    No later than May 1, 2022, Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committees must complete a required supplement as a written statement included in the child’s IEP. 

    The required supplement must include the following information: 

      • If applicable, whether the written report of the student’s full individual and initial evaluation (FIIE) was completed during the 2019-2020 or the 2020-2021 school year and, if so, whether the report was completed by the required date; 
      • If applicable, whether the student’s initial IEP was developed during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year and, if so, whether the program was developed by the required date; 
      • For all students with an IEP, whether the provision of special education and related services to a student under their IEP during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year was interrupted, reduced, delayed, suspended, or discontinued; and 
      • Whether compensatory educational services are appropriate for the student based on the above information, or any other factors. 

    While the required content must be included with the written statement of the IEP, the specific location and format of the information may be determined locally. Documentation of the required elements of SB 89 may be included within the ARD committee deliberations and/or as a supplemental form that is included as part of the ARD committee paperwork. If the student’s ARD committee documented all required information in the written statement of the IEP during the 2020-2021 school year, then the ARD committee is not required to prepare an additional supplement for this purpose. 

    Please see TEA document in English and Spanish that provided additional information.  Also, the Fort Bend ISD Special Education Administration Guidelines provide information regarding Compensatory services in Section 4, page 4112  and the link can be found here.

    For additional information regarding Compensatory Services, contact Jennifer Byrne, Assistant Director, Special Education, Evaluation and Student Support at 291-634-1143 or Jennifer.Byrne@fortbendisd.com