Updated Documents

TEA has updated both the Notice of Procedural Safeguards (March 2015) and the Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process (March 2015). Both documents are linked on the first page of the Legal Framework website. The documents have been translated into Spanish as well. 

Upcoming Activities and Parent Trainings

 click on the links below for specific dates, times, locations, and flyers

Free Sign Language Classes
Signing Exact English
October 2015 - May 2016 
Classes meet most Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 7:30pm
Mac Bernd Professional Development Center
1111 West Arbrook 
Arlington, TX
For more information, call Terry @ 682.867.0804
PATH Parent Newsletter (April)
Parent Involvement Newsletters - ESC Region 16
Click on the link below to access a variety of parent involvement newsletters produced by ESC Region 16. English and Spanish newsletters are available.


ARC of Greater Tarrant County Newsletter

October 2015 Issue


Click here to open the newsletter filled with training dates, helpful websites, and other resources. If you would like to receive the ARC of Greater Tarrant County e-newsletter, a paper copy, or want your name removed from their mailing list, please contact The ARC of Greater Tarrant County at 817.877.1474 or e-mail info@arcgtc.org. You can also access information about the ARC of Greater Tarrant County by visiting their website at: www.arcgtc.org  

ARC of Northeast Tarrant County Newsletter

  September / October 2015 Issue
Click here to open the newsletter filled with training dates, helpful websites, and other resources.  If you would like to be added to their E-News distribution list, please send an Email to: arcnetc@att.net with “E-News Distribution” in the subject line. You can also access information about the ARC of Northeast Tarrant County by visiting their website at: www.arcnetc.org


Need Non-Emergency Help or Assistance? Call "211"



24 hour information and referral service for issues such as:
Child Care
Financial Assistance
Health Services
In-Home Services

Tarrant Cares About You

one resource, countless solutions


The Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) delivers accurate and timely answers to questions about special education to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Our purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals.

1-855-773-3839 (toll free)

Homework Help is Here!

Got Homework? Need Help?
The Arlington Public Library offers many services such as Brainfuse Tutoring, Children's Learning Centers, Reading Corps, Youth Technology Centers, and electronic resources. 
The Arlington Independent School District provides a list of private local tutors and the Arlington public libraries have a wide variety of other services and resources to help you get the homework help that you need.
For more information, please call your local library or click here.



Welcome to Corey Golomb - New Special Education Director

The Arlington ISD is pleased to welcome Corey Golomb as the new Director of Special Education! Ms. Golomb comes to us from the Dallas Independent School District and brings 33 years of knowledge and experience in the field of special education. In addition to serving as the Director for Special Education Compliance in Dallas ISD for the past 5 years, she also served the district as coordinator for school improvement.


Ms. Golomb has a bachelor’s degree in education from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, as well as a bachelor's degree in physical and health education (6-12) from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. She also has a master's degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, as well as a master's degree in education from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. 


She was appointed by the Dallas County Commissioner to the governing board of Metrocare Services and provided community leadership by serving as board secretary, board liaison for the chief compliance officer, and board liaison for the intellectual and developmental disability planning network advisory committee.  Her many years of experience as a public servant in the field of education includes serving as manager for special education secondary programs, curriculum and instruction, academic support team specialist, vocational adjustment coordinator/teacher, and special education teacher.


Corey Golomb

Director of Special Education 


Child Find Video

Please click on the link below for information about Child Find. The video is approximately 7 minutes. 




Congratulations to the following Arlington ISD special education staff:
Jonathan Daniels - Paraprofessional of the Year
Swift Elementary
Kim Griffiths - Teacher of the Year
Mary Moore Elementary 
Michele Hosey - Kiwanis Teacher of the Year
Beckham Elementary
Karin Kliemann
Excellence in Scholarship in Educational Psychology 
Honors Day - University of North Texas
Hortensia Smith - Teacher of the Year
Turning Point HS
Brandie Sparks - Teacher of the Year
Amos Elementary
Colin Talbot - Teacher of the Year
Boles JH
Michelle Thompson - Teacher of the Year
Bailey JH
Kim Van Meter - Teacher of the Year
Kooken Education Center


Texas Transition and Employment Guide

The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides information on statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities and their families with information about education, employment, and community living.


This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.


Please go to:



FREE Sports EKGs Age 5 and Older with Referrals

Cook Children’s is providing this test to identify children and adolescents at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Adding a sports EKG is the best way to detect most conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac arrest.
Cook Children’s Arlington and Fort Worth locations will offer FREE sports EKGs during October 2015.
Sports EKG hours:
2:30-4 p.m., Mon-Fri
No appointment needed
For more information click on the links below:


Online Colleges Database

The College Database has created a no-cost resource dedicated to higher education in Texas. The goal of the page is to help students and their families research and identify campus, online and hybrid learning opportunities in Texas that fit their needs.
The Texas colleges page includes a complete look at the state's community colleges, public universities, private colleges, technical schools and distance learning options. College hopefuls can then find potential schools using our proprietary search tool, which allows quick and accurate searching by institution type, setting, size, city and cost. Students can also see the best colleges in Texas for...
-  Current and future service members
-  Student-teacher ratio
-  Women in technology
-  Return on investment
All data used on the page and in our search tool comes from government databases such as the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). 

Featured Websites and Links for Parents and Students

Parent Companion - First 5 Years



Texas Special Education Information Center - SPEDTex



TEA Graduation Toolkit (English)


TEA Graduation Toolkit (Spanish)


News ELA

Lexile Leveled Articles


Metro Arlington Xpress

There are connections from downtown Arlington, UTA, and the T, TRE, and DART systems. Click on the link below for details.


My Ride
The Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
For links to more websites, click on the blue "Links" tab at the top.

2014 Local Educational Agency (LEA) Determination

Determination Methodology 




Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Sec. 616, states are required to make annual determinations about the performance of the Local Education Agencies using the categories of Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention, and Needs Substantial Intervention.  As implied, these categories represent various intensities of required technical assistance and/or intervention.  States are required to make a Determination using these categories for every Local Education Agency within the state on an annual basis.


LEA Determination


Based on 2012-2013 data, the 2014 LEA Determination for the Arlington ISD is “Needs Intervention”.  The Local Education Agency is encouraged to share this material with their community by including this information on their website.  The rating of Needs Assistance, along with the specific targeted indicators provides the Special Education Department with goals for improvement and effectiveness during the coming year.  Plans for additional interventions have been put into effect for the 2014-2015 school year.  Additional information about the LEA Determination Process and District Profiles can be found on the TEA website by clicking here.




Free Lifetime Admission to National Parks and Other Recreation Sites for People with Disabilities

The Access Pass is a free, lifetime entry pass for U.S. citizens and residents who have a permanent disability to visit more than 2,000 federal park and recreation sites. Many sites also give the pass holder a discount on related fees (camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). Learn more about the requirements and how to get your pass.


You can download the requirements at:




The site will also explain how to get your pass.


You can also download the following PDF file: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf


This file lists federal recreation sites around the country where you can get a pass.


Visit Recreation.gov for information about parks, forests, campgrounds and other recreational areas near you.


The Autism Society, AMC Theaters: “Sensory Friendly Films”

The Autism Society has a posted a listing of theaters across America that show sensory-reduced films. AMC Theaters and the Autism Society worked together to produce “Sensory Friendly Films.” To reduce distractions, theater lights are brought up, the sound is lowered and advertisements and previews aren’t shown. Audience members can make noise and walk around and bring their own food to accommodate special diets.


“Sensory Friendly Films” are currently playing in the following Texas cities: Houston, Sugar Land, Arlington, Frisco, Garland, Mesquite, San Antonio and Austin.



Volunteer Opportunities in Arlington, TX

Anyone interested in being a volunteer for any of the City of Arlington departments and programs should access the following website:


This includes the Library’s reading and tutoring programs, the Animal Shelter, Citizen’s Police Academy, EcoFest, to even staffing the public information desk at City Hall. More opportunities will be added in the future.
All volunteers will have to complete the on-line application process in order to participate. If there are questions about the volunteer program you can contact:
817.459.6869 (phone)

Transition Planning in AISD Brochure: Information for Families

Transition is a process that happens throughout the year that focuses on a child's goals for the future. In the Arlington ISD, Transition Services must begin by the annual ARD before your child turns 14 years of age. As a resource, the district provides the following brochure to families (click on the link below):
For more information, as it relates to Transition Services in AISD, please contact your campus special education department and ask to speak with the Post Secondary Facilitator.

Free Motor Skills Intervention Program

It is estimated that 6 - 15% of school age children have significant motor impairments. The following website provides information about a free motor skill intervention program for children with movement difficulties that interfere with their academic abilities.

Contact: Priscila Caçola, Ph.D. - University of Texas at Arlington

USA Paralympics – Texas Regional Sport Opportunities

Click here to access a listing of community adapted sport resources for individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This list can help you locate Paralympic sport opportunities near you.

For additional information on Paralympic sport, visit:
Darlene Hunter
Local Outreach Coordinator, Community/Veteran Programs
Paralympic Division, U.S. Olympic Committee

Disclaimer and Accessibility Policy

The information contained on this website has been included for general informational purposes only. Any posted information, files and/or external website links listed on this website regarding trainings, agencies, products and/or services shall not be taken as a recommendation or endorsement by the Arlington Independent School District and/or the Special Education Department. In addition, the Arlington Independent School District and the Special Education Department shall not be responsible for any fees attached to any events posted on this website. All links to other websites or files from this site have been pre-screened and assessed for appropriate content. However, the Arlington Independent School District and the Special Education Department do not assume and are not responsible for any liability and cannot guarantee that quality content standards will be maintained at these linked websites and files. Please e-mail the webmaster at kstratto@aisd.net if these sites or files display inappropriate content or if you have trouble accessing this page and need to request an alternate format.