Special Education

Special Education

Perla Del Angel

Director of Special Education

 9701 S. Jackson Pharr, TX  78577

Phone: 956-340-1080


Valley View ISD special education teachers, instructional assistants, speech language pathologist assistants, diagnostician, licensed specialist in school psychology, and other related service specialists are 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. If any of our staff may be of service to you, please contact us.

Child Find

The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age with disabilities and their possible need for special education and related services.

Child Find is a free referral and information service available through local education agencies and Education Service Center (ESC) Region 1.

Children learn at different rates but some children have significant difficulty in one or more of the following areas: social interaction, play, speech and language, vision, hearing, attention, behavior, or coordinating movements. We are here to help you access services to meet the unique learning needs of your child. If you are concerned that your child may be learning, playing or interacting differently from others, please call the special education department at 956-340-1080 or ESC Region 1 at 956-984-3215.


The Texas Transition and Employment Guide  is now available! 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.

The Transition and Employment Guide provides information for students who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for parents. This guide has steps to help guide students to find the right employment or educational options after high school. It has information about where to find the services students need after high school.  At the end of each section and guide, there is a timeline of steps that students and their parents can use to transition from student to adult. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact  the Texas Education Agency at sped@tea.state.tx.us. or Valley View ISD Transition Employment Services Designee, Eliamar Gomez at egomez1@vviewisd.net.


STAAR Alternate 2 is an assessment based on alternate academic standards and is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities receiving special education services. STAAR Alternate 2 was developed to meet federal requirements of both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The assessment consists of scripted questions and field questions as needed. The test materials include:

  • a test administrator booklet with the scripted questions and administrations guidelines

  • a student booklet that contains stimulus images and text needed for the student to select answers

TEKS Curriculum Framework

Essence Statements

Instructional Terms Lists

Online Training Courses

2023 STAAR Test Administrator Manual

As part of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) ongoing efforts to improve the state’s testing program, the Student Assessment Division has developed a web-based training, the STAAR Alternate 2: Eligibility module to provide guidance to Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committees to make assessment decisions based on state guidelines. 

Each training module consists of two videos and follow-up questions about the content covered in the videos.

After completion of the module, participants will be able to view the overall score and download a certificate of completion. Individuals will be prompted to fill in their first and last name and date of completion prior to printing or saving a copy of the certificate. Note that any unsaved certificates will not be retrievable at a later time. 

*NEW* STAAR ALT 2 Requirements (ENG)

STAAR ALT 2 Requirements (SPAN

  • This module helps ARD committee members assure that only students with significant cognitive disabilities are assessed with an alternate assessment. It is designed to supplement, not replace, the mandatory training required of all personnel involved in testing.


The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

Contact information:

Phone: 1-855-773-3839

Email: inquire@spedtex.org

Live Chat: www.spedtex.org


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