Student Success Initiative (SSI) Parental Notification

Devine Special Education Department

Valerie Dykstra, Director of Special Education
205 W. College - Devine, Texas 78016


August 28, 2017

Dear Parent:

 Students served through the Special Education program and are enrolled in grades 5 and 8,  will be affected by the changes in the Student Success Initiative requirements this year. This legislation requires students to pass their Reading and Mathematics State Assessment to be promoted to the next grade level. This requirement includes up to two retests in order to give each student the opportunity to pass.

Students, who receive special education services and who fail to meet standards on the Reading or Mathematics assessment, will have an ARD Committee meeting conducted on their behalf prior to the second test administration. At this ARD, three options will be decided upon:

  1. Will the student be required to take another test administration?
  2. If the student will have subsequent retests waived, will the student be promoted based on the academic progress demonstrated in their Individual Education Plan or retained at their current grade level?
  3. How will the student participate in an Accelerated Instruction Program in the subject area(s) in which state standards were not met?

We hope that this will clarify the options available and help you prepare for important decisions that may need to be addressed as your child continues to pursue academic excellence. We are excited to work with you to ensure your child’s needs are met as we continue to have high expectations for all students in our district.

Test results from the first administration of 5th and 8th grade Reading and Math are anticipated back to the district by April 30. Meetings will be scheduled with you after those results are in if your child did not meet passing standard.

Students who take the STAAR Alternate 2 assessment are not subject to SSI requirements. There is no retest opportunity for those students.

If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Dykstra, Director of Special Education at  or 830-851-0725, or Terrie Barron, Educational Diagnostician at or 830-851-0725.


Valerie Dykstra

Director of Special Education

Devine ISD

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