Special Education - Tacoma Public Schools

Report
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Kick Off
Department Updates
August 29, 2011
TPS SPECIAL EDUCATION REPORT CARD
State/Federal Compliance
Factors
Excellent
Satisfactory
Unsatisfactory
On-time IEPs/Evals
X
Over-Identification/High
Enrollment
X
Suspension/Expulsion Rates
X
Disproportionality
X
# of Due Process Hearings
X
Least Restrictive Environment
X
IDEA COMPLIANCE FACTORS
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Late IEPs/Evals
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3 times the state average
Over-Identification
12.99% for 10-11
 40 students unfunded as of Feb 2010
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Suspension/Expulsion Rates
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Disproportionality
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Exceeds state target high range
EBD: Black
SLD: American Indian
Number of Due Process Hearings
IDEA COMPLIANCE FACTORS
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Least Restrictive Environment
YEAR
DISTRICT
STATE
TARGET
2004
19.8
2005
17.2
2006
18.4
2007
19.6
14.1
14.3
2008
20.9
13.9
14.06
2009
21.2
13.6
13.81
2010
22.1
13.5
Not provided yet
As of 11/1/10
LOOKING BACK 2010-2011
Provided weekly newsletter, Special EDition, to
staff and administration, consistent messages,
guidance, resources, and data
 Classroom visits
 Implementation of LRE Oversight Committee &
initiation of District Behavior Intervention Team
 Aligned processes and procedures with state and
federal requirements, revisions to dept manual
February 2010
 Awarded $1.3 million in Safety Net, budgeted for
$1 million, had requested $2.3
 Implementation of IEP Online
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LOOKING BACK 2010-2011 (CON’T)
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Recognition for on-time evaluations and IEPs
(completed and submitted on-time for enrollment
reporting)
Review and revisions to ESA deployment
Increased committee work opportunities with staff
participation and voice (i.e. web-based IEP/eval
systems, IEP Online trainers, assistive tech team,
LRE committee)
Recommendation and planning for program moves to
create continuums and reduce travel time for
students
Deaf/HH program development and alignment with
state standards
WAAS portfolio gains!!!
LOOKING AHEAD 2011-2012
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Special education enrollment over state maximum
funding, too many students identified or continued in
special education
Late IEPs and evaluations, 3x the state average
 Loss of funds
 Compliance risks
Compliance Coordinator (formerly SETS Coordinator
position)
Alignment of baseline present level performances and
measurable goals
LRE data-too much time in special education classes,
need to increase time with non-disabled peers in
general education classes, to be determined student
by student
LOOKING AHEAD 2011-2012 (CON’T)
Raise expectations through alignment of special
education with general education
 Exceeding state high range for
suspensions/expulsions of disabled students
 Disproportionality: Over-identification of Black
EBD and American Indian SLD students
 Due Process Hearing requests and citizen
complaints
 Student academic performance in all areas
 Class visits (don’t stop teaching!)
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LOOKING AHEAD 2011-2012 (CON’T)
Decrease the overreliance on 1:1 paraeducators,
emphasis on data collection, training, and goal
setting for 1:1 paras
 Reduce 7 hour paraeducator positions through
attrition
 Paraeducator schedules submitted by 9/30
 Implementation of revised department manual
 Implementation of best practice data
collection/progress monitoring to drive
instruction and report in IEPs (collecting from
you to share with all)
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DEPARTMENT GOALS 2011-2012
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Goal 1: Increase academic achievement
Goal 2: Increase parent and community
collaboration
Goal 3: Improve compliance and enrollment
reporting
CORRECTIVE ACTION ORDERED
Written guidance and training required:
Implementation of IEP
 Inviting parents
 Documenting invites
 Excusal of team members
 Progress reporting
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DEPARTMENT MANUAL
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Link to Manual
TPS Special Education Webpage
http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/information/departments/spe
cial_education/Pages/default.aspx
 Anything that looks confusing? Please contact Anne
Chambers
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Manual at a Glance
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Responsibilities of staff
Enrollment
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Intake process for new students
Suspensions/expulsions/IAES
Evaluation
IEP
Placement
Discipline
Para Educators
IEP ONLINE SUPPORTS
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IOL Drop-In Sessions and specific trainings
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QRDs on dashboard
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Department Manual: step by step alignment
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[email protected]
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Bat Phone: x 1090
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SELS Team
SOURCES OF GUIDANCE
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Department Manual
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QRDs
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Special EDition
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Weekly and archives
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OSPI website
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WACs
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http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=392-172a
SELS Liaisons

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