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FOCUSED MONITORING: FINDINGS, ISSUES AND BEST PRACTICES. FOCUSED MONITORING OVERVIEW. IDEA 2004 states. The primary focus of Federal and State monitoring activities shall be on improving educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities…….

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idea 2004 states
IDEA 2004 states

The primary focus of Federal and State monitoring activities shall be on improving educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities……

what is focused monitoring
What is Focused Monitoring?

A process that purposefully selects priority areas to examine for compliance/results while not specifically examining other areas to maximize resources, emphasize important variables, and increase the probability of improved results.

what is the difference
“Past” Compliance

Cyclical

Citation Focused

Corrective Action

(effort focused)

Special Education Cooperatives

“Present” Compliance

Targeted data

Solution Focused

Improvement Planning (results focused)

School Districts

What is the difference?
focused monitoring in illinois
Focused Monitoring in Illinois

Centers around critical performance indicators from State Performance Plan (SPP)

2006-2007

  • EE (Indicator 5)
  • Statewide Reading assessment gap and performance
district selection based on analysis of the following data
District selection based on analysis of the following data:
  • Student Assessment Data Files
  • School Report Card
  • FACTS Report
  • Special Education Profile
focused monitoring
Focused Monitoring

Focused Monitoring includes a review of:

  • Quantitative Data – Statistical Results
  • Qualitative Data – District Documentation
pre visit data analysis includes
Pre-Visit Data Analysis Includes:

Any data pertaining to goal/priority area such as:

  • Performance data
  • Parent/family participation and involvement
  • Complaints/previous monitoring information
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Part B application
  • District/School Improvement Plan
  • Professional Development Plan
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Triangulation of Pre-Visit Data

Performance data

Possible Root

Causes

Complaints

Previous

monitoring information

Part B Application

Policies and Procedures

District Improvement Plan

illinois focused monitoring teams
Illinois Focused Monitoring Teams

Include:

  • Two ISBE consultants; one serving as team leader
  • LEA peer (from another district)
  • Parent
on site activities
On-site activities

Gathering information:

  • Public Forum
  • Teacher, administrator, service provider interviews
  • Classroom observations
  • Student file reviews

And then…

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Triangulation . . . . . . . .

Public Forum

Findings

Observations and File Reviews

Interviews

post visit activities
Post Visit Activities
  • District/ISBE collaboration on improvement plan
  • District completion of corrective actions within 12 months of final report issue date
  • Improved performance on critical performance indicator within 24 months of of final report issue date
all leading to
All leading to
  • EVIDENCE OF CORRECTION AND CHANGE
  • IMPROVED RESULTS FOR CHILDREN
access
ACCESS

Access is the right for all individuals to be a member of

an accessible educational community. Access in education provides academic accommodations and promotes universal design principles enabling students with disabilities the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment as successful and independent learners.

access examples
ACCESS EXAMPLES

Educational access

Extracurricular access

accommodations
ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations could allow for the provision of equitable instructional and assessment access for students with disabilities. Accommodations reduce or eliminate the effects of a student’s disability and do not reduce learning expectations.

Accommodations are practices and procedures in the areas of:

  • Presentation
  • Response
  • Setting
  • Timing/Scheduling
accommodations examples
ACCOMMODATIONS EXAMPLES

Accommodations in Presentations

Accommodations in Response

Accommodations in Setting

Accommodations in Timing/Scheduling

collaboration
COLLABORATION

Friend and Cook\'s (2002) definition of collaboration states that it is a "style of direct interaction between at least two co-equal parties voluntarily engaged in shared decision making as they work toward a common goal".

Through collaboration, ideas can be shared, new and better strategies can be developed, problems can be solved, student’s progress can be better monitored, and their outcomes evaluated more effectively. True collaboration will enhance effective inclusion and will be beneficial for all the individuals involved in the child’s education including parents.

Establishing a strong collaborative ethic in a school has the additional benefit of enhancing teacher morale and providing teachers with a support network.

co teaching
CO TEACHING

Co teaching is a process that involves two or more professionals who jointly deliver instruction to a diverse group of students in a shared classroom space.

Types of co-teaching:

  • One teaching, one drifting
  • Station teaching
  • Alternative teaching:
  • Team teaching:
  • Parallel teaching:
curriculum mapping
CURRICULUM MAPPING

A plan where the curriculum is aligned throughout the entire district for use by all students. A curriculum map should be a document developed by all instructional staff working together to clearly map out, month-by-month, what instructional objectives will be taught by whom, through what activities and measured by what assessments. This map should ensure that all students in the district, horizontally and vertically, regardless of age or disability, have access to all aspects of the Illinois Learning Standards for that subject matter area.

curriculum mapping considerations
CURRICULUM MAPPING CONSIDERATIONS

1. Aligned text

2. Supplemental materials

3. Assessments

4. Data

data driven decision making strategies
DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING STRATEGIES

Data driven decision making strategy

  • provides easy access to quality data
  • provides teachers tools to monitor and shape student progress
  • helps administrators identify what’s working and where more resources are needed
  • allows the district to demonstrate compliance with NCLB requirements.
differentiated instruction
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION

Differentiated instruction is a teaching philosophy based on the premise that teachers should adapt instruction to accommodate the full diversity of academic needs.

Differentiation can occur in various forms including

  • Content
  • Process
  • Product
  • Environment
differentiated instruction examples
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION EXAMPLES

Differentiation of Content

Differentiation of Process

Differentiation of Product

Differentiation of Environment

Selected differentiation strategies should always be based on the curriculum taught and the needs of the students.

diversity
DIVERSITY

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizes individual differences.  Diversity can occur in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

For example, one educator, Dr. Ruby K. Payne is well known for her work in how to interact effectively with individuals living in poverty by understanding their social cues or "hidden rules" that govern how they think and interact in society -- and the significance of those rules in a classroom.

equity
EQUITY

Equity in education is the fair and equal treatment of all members of society. All individuals are entitled to participate in and enjoy the benefits of an education. All students have the opportunity to participate fully and to experience success and human dignity while developing the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to contribute meaningfully to society.

A commitment to the principle of equity means working to ensure that each person is able to reach his or her full potential and make a positive contribution to the community.

modifications
MODIFICATIONS

Modifications change, lower or reduce learning or assessment expectations.

Modifications are more instructional or program-centered. They ask the questions: "What is the array of interventions necessary for the student to master a topic or subject?" Is this all that can be employed to ensure the best learning environment?" The modifications are thus instruction or program-centered interventions that best provide optimal opportunity for learning.

modification types
MODIFICATION TYPES

Adaptation

Parallel Curricular Outcomes

Overlapping curricula

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RTI

Response to intervention encompasses three essential components:

  • Provides high quality, research based instruction/intervention matched to student needs
  • Uses learning rate over time and level of performance
  • Results in important educational decisions
standards aligned classroom sac
STANDARDS ALIGNED CLASSROOM (SAC)

SAC is a rigorously tested research-based program featuring proven strategies for aligning classroom instruction and assessment with the Illinois Learning Standards.

SAC involves both teachers and students in the standards process by empowering them to create high quality classroom assessment together.

Research has shown that when teachers involve students in the assessment process, students are more engaged, perform better, and gain greater confidence.

survey of enacted curriculum sec
SURVEY OF ENACTED CURRICULUM (SEC)

The SEC is a practical, reliable set of data collection tools being used with teachers of Mathematics, Science and English Language Arts (K-12) to collect and report consistent data on current instructional practices and content being taught in classrooms. Teachers complete the survey questions though an online, web-based system. Upon completion, the group data are reported in user-friendly charts and graphs to facilitate analysis of differences across classrooms, schools, or districts.

examples of district best practices
EXAMPLES OF DISTRICT BEST PRACTICES

Access

Accommodations

Collaboration

Co teaching

examples of district best practices1
EXAMPLES OF DISTRICT BEST PRACTICES

Curriculum Mapping

Data Driven Decision Making

Differentiated Instruction

Diversity

examples of district best practices2
EXAMPLES OF DISTRICT BEST PRACTICES

Equity

Modifications

RTI

Standards Aligned Classroom (SAC)

examples of district best practices3
EXAMPLES OF DISTRICT BEST PRACTICES

Survey of Enacted Curriculum

contact information
Contact Information

Sally Tudor [email protected]

Betty Hendrickson [email protected]

Melanie Fleenor [email protected]

Illinois State Board of Education

Division of Special Education

100 North First Street

Springfield, Illinois 62777

217/782-5589

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