Guidelines for Co-Teaching in Texas
As educational personnel strive to meet state and federal accountability mandates to improve the achievement of students with disabilities, schools are exploring various inclusive service delivery models to fulfill the needs of diverse learners. The co-teach model is one effective model allowing general and special educators to differentiate and deliver instruction with assurances that all students have full access to the grade-level expectations of the general curriculum. While all schools must have inclusion services as part of their continuum of special education services, no school is required to choose co-teaching as one of or as their only inclusive service delivery model.
The purpose of this document is to help districts and schools establish a common understanding of various co-teaching configurations and to explain considerations necessary to implement and evaluate an effective co-teaching program.