Northside has over 11,000 students qualifying for special education and related services. Our staff of over 2,000 teachers, instructional assistants, speech pathologists, special education coordinators, licensed school psychologists, and other related service specialists is dedicated to providing exceptional individualized services to students. According to both federal and state law, the goal of special education is to help students with disabilities become as independent as possible as they move through the grade levels. Furthermore, the law requires each student become employable, if possible, when they leave the educational setting. This may include opportunities to pursue post-high school education. Each program and service provided through special education is devoted to these goals.
The special education department is not able to reach these goals alone. We value the partnerships we have built with our parents/guardians in this effort. We encourage all visitors to navigate through our resources within this site. If any of our staff may be of service to you, please contact us. We hope you enjoy learning more about the people and services our Special Education Department provides in the Northside Independent School District.
Please see the attached letter regarding the discontinuation of the modified version of the STAAR test following the 2013/2014 school year. Attached, as well, is an Introduction to STAAR-A, A Guide for Parents. The guide describes the new STAAR-A test and the embedded supports designed to help students with disabilities access the content being assessed. The STAAR-A will be administered in Spring 2015 and will be available for students with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements.