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STATE SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY PANEL. PRE-SESSION Office of Special Education Programs Annual Conference Washington DC August 17, 2009. Presenters. Barbara Buswell—Director, Region 5 PTAC Jeanna Mullins—CA Service Coordinator, MSRRC John Copenhaver—Director, MPRRC. Purpose.


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Office of Special Education Programs

Annual Conference

Washington DC

August 17, 2009

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  • Barbara Buswell—Director, Region 5 PTAC

  • Jeanna Mullins—CA Service Coordinator, MSRRC

  • John Copenhaver—Director, MPRRC

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Provide information for State staff and Panel members regarding their SEAP functions, roles with the SPP, APR, Levels, OSEP verification visit, and discuss the importance of active parent involvement. Participants will be introduced to a new website that contains SEAP resources.

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A review of the purpose and functions of the State Special Education Advisory Panel

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The Big Picture

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Technical Assistance Projects

Part C

Lead Education Agency (LA)

  • Interagency

  • Coordinating Council (ICC)

  • Advice to LA

  • Special Education

  • Advisory Panel (SEAP)

  • Advice to SEA

Part B

State Education Agency (SEA)

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.

Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities

John Copenhaver 2007

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Important Laws for SEAP Members to Understand

  • IDEA


  • Section 504

  • ADA


  • State Nurse Practice Act

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IDEA Amendments of 2004

Public Law 108-446


Public Law 105-117—1997 (IDEA)

Public Law 102-119—1992 (IDEA)

Public Law 101-176—1990 (IDEA)

Public Law 99-457—1986 (EHA)

Public Law 98-199—1983 (EHA)

Public Law 94-142 —1975 (EAHCA)

Public Law 93-380—1974 (EHA)

Public Law 91-230—1970 (EHA)

Public Law 90-247—1968

Public Law 89-750—1966 (ESEA)

Public Law 89-313 — 1965

Public Law 89-10 — 1965 (ESEA)

The Legislative History of Special Education

P.L. = Public Law

108 = Congress Number

446 = Number of Laws passed during this session





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Purpose for Panel

Provide policy and procedural guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in the State. (Part B/Section 619)

CFR 300.167


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  • To take sides

  • To support something

  • To plead your case/position

  • To favor a position

  • To argue


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There are groups in the State that relate to advocacy in nature

Protection and Advocacy Agency (P & A)

Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)

Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC)

Disability specific advocacy groups

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  • To give advice

  • To inform

  • To counsel

  • To recommend

  • To suggest

  • To guide


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Have a working understanding of each function. All Panel activities should relate to the SEAP functions.

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Advisory Panel Functions

  • Advise the SEA of unmet needs within the State in the education of children with disabilities. CFR 300.169(a)

  • Comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the State regarding the education of children with disabilities.

  • CFR 300.169(b)

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Advisory Panel Functions

  • Advise the State in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the Secretary under Section 618 of the Act.CFR 300.169(c)

    • Dropout rates

    • Graduation rates

    • Discipline

    • Participation in Statewide Assessment

    • SPP/APR  Data

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Advisory Panel Functions

  • Advise the State in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in federal monitoring reports under Part B of the Act. CFR 300.169(d)

  • Advise the State in developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for children with disabilities. CFR 300.169(e)

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Advisory Panel Functions

  • The SEA, after deleting personally identifiable information must

    • Provide the Advisory Panel with the DPH findings and decisions and

    • Make those findings and decisions available to the public.

      CFR 300.513(d) & 300.514(c)

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Advisory Panel Functions – Optional

Advise on eligible students with disabilities in juvenile correctional facilities and adult prisons.

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Provide suggestions of the Panel role with the SPP, APR, Levels of Determination, and OSEP Verification Visit.

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General Supervision

IDEA Regulations


State Special Education

Advisory Panel


State Performance


Levels of


Annual Performance


Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring

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OSEP Verification – Areas of Emphasis

General Supervision

Fiscal Accountability


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Role of Panel – Verification Visit

  • Be familiar with OSEP verification visit.

  • Know the areas of emphasis.

  • Participate in OSEP conference call—REMIND TO KEEP POSITIVE

  • Suggest improvement strategies to correct noncompliance from OSEP verification visit.

  • Request the State director and/or SEA staff report on their OSEP verification visit.

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State Performance Plan

  • A six-year plan to improve programs and services for children with disabilities

  • 20 Indicators

Compliance and Performance

APR = Annual Review of SPP

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SPP = IEP for State

APR = Annual Review of SPP

Challenge—data is one year old.

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Possible Roles – State Performance Plan

  • Understand the relationship between the APR and SPP.

  • Provide guidance to the SEA in developing measurable and rigorous targets for indicators under each priority area.

  • Request the State provide updates on the SPP and APR at least annually to the Panel membership.

  • Use the SPP/APR data to help generate panel priorities.

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Annual Performance Report

  • Annual Review of SPP

  • February of each year

  • High stakes

  • Relates to SEA level of determination

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Possible Roles – Annual Performance Report

  • Provide advice and guidance to the SEA regarding the content of the APR.

  • Request that the State Director or SEA staff provide an update at each panel meeting regarding progress toward State projected targets.

  • Suggest improvement strategies for areas of noncompliance.

  • Use the APR data to help generate panel priorities.

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State Levels of Determination


Meets Requirements

Needs Assistance

Needs Intervention

Needs Substantial Intervention

Know and understand your State’sLevel of Determination

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Possible Panel Roles – Levels of Determination

  • Understand levels of determination.

  • Know your State’s level and what it means.

  • Suggest strategies to help your State improve the level.

  • Understand and provide suggestions regarding school district levels.

  • Use levels data to establish Panel priorities.

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An overview of the critical role of parent involvement in the SEAP. Information about a new website for SEAP resources.

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Membership of Panel

The membership of the State advisory panel must consist of members appointed by the Governor or any other official authorized under State law to make these appointments. CFR 300.168(b)

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Special Rule

The majority of the members of the panel must be individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. CFR 300.168(b)

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Membership of Panel

  • Parents of children with disabilities ages birth through 26

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Teachers

  • Representatives of institutions of higher education

  • State and local education officials

  • Administrators of programs for children with disabilities

  • State representatives from Child Welfare responsible for foster care

  • * Bolded indicates

  • new with IDEA 2004.

  • Representatives of other State agencies

  • Representatives of private schools and public charter schools

  • At least one representative of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provisions of transition services to children with disabilities

  • Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies

  • State and local officials that represent homeless children

CFR 300.168 (c)(1-11)

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Birth to 26 Years

The parents’ child must be within this age range.

OSEP Letter, 2008

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Critical Role of Parents

  • Parents make up over half of the Panel membership and play a critical role with the Panel’s functions and providing advice.

  • Parents provide a consumer perspective and help validate the results of SEA policies and procedures.

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Parent Training & Information Centers

  • IDEA authorizes at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for each State.

  • Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC) are also funded through IDEA to serve targeted under-served families.

  • The PTI and CPRC assist families and educators to learn about IDEA and to participate actively in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

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Parent Training & Information Center

  • Many States include PTI staff on their Panel.

  • PTI staff have knowledge and expertise about IDEA and can be a resource to the SEAP.

  • PTI staff are in direct communication with large numbers of families and educators.

  • Many States conduct a SEAP meeting at their PTI each year.

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Roles for Parent Involvement and the SEAP

  • Serve as SEAP Officer

  • Participate on SEAP Committees

  • Be involved with Indicator 8 – Parent Involvement – and other indicators

  • Provide perspective and advice to SEA

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Announcement of Resources for SEAPs

There is a new website that contains valuable resources and information for State staff and SEAP members regarding the SEAP.

Go to

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The website was a collaborative effort between OSEP, PTACs, and the RRC Program.




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About Advisory Panels

SEAP Resource Materials

OSEP Leadership Pre-Session

IDEA SEAP Authority

State Contacts

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Stop And Talk With Us

We have a few minutes remaining to answer questions or for you to make comments.

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Conclusion/Next Steps

  • Thank you for your participation

  • Access Pre-Session materials at the new website

  • Possible future dialogue on conference calls or webinar

  • Use email address if you have questions: