Glossary of Terms - V

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Vaughn Gross Texas Reading & Language Arts Center (TCRLA) (Centro Vaughn Gross para la Lectura y Literatura en Texas) – A research center that provides leadership to educators in effective, scientifically based reading instruction.  Located at the University of Texas in Austin, the center is involved in a number of projects aimed at improved reading instruction for all students, especially struggling readers, English language learners, and students in special education.


Vertical Alignment (Lista de requisitos del currículo)– A document developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for STAAR Alternate 2.  It lists the TEKS curriculum knowledge and skill statements and student expectations for reading, writing, math, science, and social studies from pre-kindergarten through exit level.  This can be a useful document for developing goals and objectives for students who required modified curriculum.


Visual Impairment and Blindness (VI) (Discapacidad visuales y ceguera Visual impairment under federal law means an impairment in the vision that, even with correction, adversely affects the student’s educational performance. The term includes both partial sight and blindness.  A determination of visual impairment and blindness must comply with criteria set forth in federal and state law as described in the Visual Impairment and Blindness framework of the Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Process.  For more information, see the State Plan for Students with Visual Impairments.


Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) (Rehabilitación vocacional) – A set of services offered to individuals with disabilities designed to enable participants to attain skills, resources, and expectations needed to compete in the interview process, get a job, and keep a job.  Work related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services.


Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (Agencia de Rehabilitación Vocacional– A publicly funded state agency that provides direct and indirect services to youth with disabilities as they transition from school to work, in order to maximize their employability, independence and integration into the workplace and the community.  In Texas, the state and federally funded program for vocational rehabilitation is administered through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

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