Mike Morath

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath testifies on school board issues before the Senate Committee on Education, Aug. 16, 2016.

Within months of launching the IEP Analysis Project to compile data on Individualized Education Programs, the Texas Education Agency has abruptly ended the program.

“Significant concerns have been raised regarding our agency’s processes and the scope of the project,” Mike Morath, Texas commissioner of education, said in a press release dated Friday.

Morath said the analysis project did not have the needed support from parents and educators. “As a result, this project cannot proceed effectively.”

Part of the concerns raised by groups such as Disability Rights Texas and the Killeen Educators Association, involved the awarding of a no-bid, $4.4 million contract to SPEDx, a firm from Georgia, to provide data analysis for the IEP Analysis Project.

An Individualized Education Program, or IEP, is a written education program used to design appropriate public education for students in special education. IEPs are used in all public school districts, including Killeen and Copperas Cove.

The TEA has sent SPEDx a formal notice of contract termination, according to the TEA press release.

That notice also requires SPEDx to destroy all student information currently in its possession.

Morath will also be performing a review of how contracting processes are handled within the TEA.

The IEP Analysis Project was meant to identify specific approaches to individual education programs that show the most promise for students in special education. Prior to implementing the program, the TEA did not track IEPs. The school districts track their own IEPs, according to DeEtta Culbertson, TEA spokeswoman.

School districts from across Texas that have engaged in the project will still receive funding to support any expenses planned or incurred by their participation. Districts can use these funds to support special education students, according to the TEA press release.

At this time, the TEA has made no decision on whether to proceed with a similar program, Culbertson said.

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