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Why Conduct a District-Wide Evaluation of Special Education Programs & Services?. Walker Partnerships A Division of Walker Needham, Ma. Strength of Programs & Services. A district-wide evaluation will identify what special education programs & services are working effectively

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Why conduct a district wide evaluation of special education programs services

Why Conduct a District-Wide Evaluation of Special Education Programs & Services?

Walker Partnerships

A Division of Walker

Needham, Ma.


Strength of programs services

Strength of Programs & Services

  • A district-wide evaluation will identify what special education programs & services are working effectively

  • How your districts compares to the state averages and like districts in special education census by disabilities, expenditures, out of district placements

  • What are the trend lines for your district

  • Identify best practices and effective management strategies

  • Comply with State & Federal requirements for annual program evaluation


Methodology for conducting an evaluation

Methodology for Conducting an Evaluation

  • Walker Partnerships conducts a thorough review of all pertinent written documents related to special education: budgets, census by disabilities, program descriptions, job descriptions, roles/responsibilities, professional development offerings, DESE Coordinated Program Review materials, procedural manual, practices and procedures, previous program evaluation reports, staffing patterns and assignments, pre-referral practices, over/under identification, legal issues


Methodology continued

Methodology (continued)

  • One on one 30 minute interviews with a cross section of 24 to 36 general and special education school-based personnel, administrators, paraprofessionals and parents

  • Detailed report of Commendations, Factors that Effect the Implementation of Special Education, Findings, Comparative Data of like districts and the state, Recommendation and detailed Explanation for each recommendation


Identify program service enhancements

Identify Program & Service Enhancements

  • Provide a thorough examination of the current status of programs and services

  • Provided program and service enhancements

  • Identify the special education professional development needs of the district

  • Identify effective utilization strategies for related service providers and paraprofessionals

  • Provide a cost analysis of special education expenditures and cost containment strategies


Results of an evaluation

Results of an Evaluation

  • Detailed recommendations with full explanation for each recommendations

  • Comparison data to assist with program and service development

  • Cost analysis that can be used to justified program and service expansion and new program development

  • Strategies to improve program operations throughout the district


Walker partnerships experiences

Walker Partnerships Experiences

  • Walker Partnerships has conducted over 100 different types of special education program evaluations since 2004. In FY 12 Walker Partnerships conducted:

  • 9 District-Wide Evaluations

  • 4 District-Wide program specific Evaluations

  • 9 Building–Based Evaluations

  • 2 Specific Program Evaluations

  • Grants, 740 & 262, 1 District

    Walker Partnerships’ mission is to assist school district in building their capacity to serve students within the district through school-based wraparound services. Through a specific program or district-wide evaluation Walker Partnerships can assist you in building your capacity.


Contact us for a no obligation consultation for a program evaluation

Contact us for a no obligation consultation for a program evaluation

  • Jim Earley, Managing Director of Walker Partnerships, 781-292-2178, [email protected]

  • Jim Shillinglaw, Southeast Region Associate Manager for WP, 339-237-7531, [email protected]

  • Bob McArdle, Northeast Region Associate Manager for WP, 781-898-8305, [email protected]


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