Grade Placement Decisions- Revision ARD (Special Education GPC Equivalent)

What's Required

Student Success Initiative (SSI) was enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009 and include grade advancement requirements. As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing the math and reading state assessment at grades 5 and 8 or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction. The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics.

What We Do
  • The ARD/IEP committee serves as the grade placement committee for students served through special education and determines whether a student will be promoted or retained.
  • Grade Placement Committee (GPC) meetings must be completed within 10 days of the 3rd administration scores being received by parents
  • If the student has not met expectations on state assessment, the committee will discuss what additional supports, interventions, and/or test retakes are necessary in accordance with the Student Success Initiative.

Guidelines for ARD/IEP Meetings

The ARD Committee will determine appropriate Accelerated Instruction Plans/Intensive Program of Instruction for the upcoming school year and review data (i.e. work samples, grades, local assessments, etc.) as evidence of satisfactory student academic performance to make an informed decision as to whether the student should be retained or advance to the next grade.

ARD/IEP meetings for students receiving special education services who did not meet minimum passing criteria for STAAR should be conducted prior to the first day of school.

Regulations require that we provide parents with a 5 day notice prior to holding an ARD/IEP Meeting, so unless parents waive that notice, most of the ARDs will need to occur the last 5 days of the 10 day period.   To complete the ARD schedule. 

Each elementary and middle school are responsible for securing the required members of the ARD/IEP Committee who will be meeting to determine grade advancement (administrator, general education teacher, special education teacher, LPAC representative, and interpreter).

The campus SHOULD:

  • Secure the required members for the grade placement committee (special education teacher, general education teacher, administrator, LPAC representative, and interpreter)

  • Contact parents to schedule date and time

  • Prep and conduct the IEP Meeting

  • Collaborate with the campus Special Education Campus Case Manager to ensure all members will present and the meetings will be conducted efficiently.

  • The Case Manager archives the IEP Revision within 48 hours of completion. 

  • Email both the PEIMS clerk and IEP clerk once the ARD to report that an archive of the ARD document has occurred.  Include the student’s name, ID number, type of document archived and date of the archive in the email correspondence.

Provide the parent with a copy of the ARD document


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