"Knowledge enhances wisdom only after it has been put to practical use."

                   -Texas Jack Cowen

Sandy Honts


Anthony Independent School District offers a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children ages 3-21, who qualify for Special Education Services.  Determination regarding Special Education services is made on an individual basis.  Special Education programs and services adapt content, teaching methodology and delivery models, to meet the unique needs of each individual student.  In addition to instructional services, related services are also provided to those students who have an identified need.  The Special Education programs in Anthony ISD operate under local district board policies and the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education process.  The Special Education staff in Anthony ISD are highly qualified, trained and competent professionals.  We at Anthony ISD make a serious commitment to providing Special Education students with a quality education based on high expectations.


Special Education Department Goals

  • Support the implementation of Response to Intervention
  • Provide campuses and staff support to deliver a continuum of services for Special Education students
  • Support campuses and encourage service delivery for students with disabilities,  in the least restrictive environment
  • Provide support to parents of students with disabilities
  • Continue to meet the unique needs of identified students
  • Recruit and maintain staff members who are highly qualified and continue to maintain and update current best practice strategies
  • Provide identified students with transitional services to prepare them for adulthood

ARD Committee Can Waive Additional STAAR Tests


With the passage of HB 657 during the 85th Texas Legislative Session, an ARD committee is now required to meet before the second administration of the STAAR reading or mathematics assessment when a student receiving special education services in grade 5 or 8 fails to perform satisfactorily on the first administration.

During this meeting, the ARD committee must determine the required accelerated instruction and if the student will be promoted or retained. The bill adds that promotion must be based on the student's performance on his or her IEP goals. The student is not required to take the subsequent STAAR administrations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Honts, Director of Special Education Anthony ISD at (915) 886-6509.



El Comité de ARD puede omitir pruebas adicionales de STAAR


Debido a la sanción de la ley HB 657 durante la Sesión Legislativa nro. 85, se requiere que el comité de ARD se reúna antes de la segunda administración de la prueba STAAR de lectura y matemáticas cuando un estudiante recibe servicios de educación especial en el 5to. o 8vo.  grado y no logra un desempeño satisfactorio en la primera administración.

Durante ésta reunión, el comité de ARD debe determinar la instrucción acelerada requerida y si el estudiante será promovido o retenido.  La ley agrega que la promoción debe basarse en el desempeño del estudiante con respecto a las metas del IEP.  Al estudiante no se le requiere que tome pruebas subsecuentes de STAAR.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor no dude en contactar a Sandra Honts, Directora del Departamento de Educación Especial, Anthony ISD al (915) 886-6509.