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Special Education. Kick Off Department Updates August 29, 2011. TPS Special Education Report Card. IDEA compliance Factors. Late IEPs/ Evals 3 times the state average Over-Identification 12.99% for 10-11 40 students unfunded as of Feb 2010 Suspension/Expulsion Rates

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    1. Special Education Kick Off Department Updates August 29, 2011

    2. TPS Special Education Report Card

    3. IDEA compliance Factors • Late IEPs/Evals • 3 times the state average • Over-Identification • 12.99% for 10-11 • 40 students unfunded as of Feb 2010 • Suspension/Expulsion Rates • Exceeds state target high range • Disproportionality • EBD: Black • SLD: American Indian • Number of Due Process Hearings

    4. IDEA Compliance Factors • Least Restrictive Environment

    5. 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

    6. Looking Back 2010-2011 (Con’t) • 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!!!

    7. Looking Ahead 2011-2012 • 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

    8. 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!)

    9. 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)

    10. Department Goals 2011-2012 • Goal 1: Increase academic achievement • Goal 2: Increase parent and community collaboration • Goal 3: Improve compliance and enrollment reporting

    11. Corrective Action Ordered Written guidance and training required: • Implementation of IEP • Inviting parents • Documenting invites • Excusal of team members • Progress reporting

    12. Department Manual • Link to Manual • TPS Special Education Webpage • http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/information/departments/special_education/Pages/default.aspx • Anything that looks confusing? Please contact Anne Chambers • Manual at a Glance • Responsibilities of staff • Enrollment • Intake process for new students • Suspensions/expulsions/IAES • Evaluation • IEP • Placement • Discipline • Para Educators

    13. IEP Online Supports • IOL Drop-In Sessions and specific trainings • QRDs on dashboard • Department Manual: step by step alignment • IEPOnline@tacoma.k12.wa.us • Bat Phone: x 1090 • SELS Team

    14. Sources of Guidance • Department Manual • QRDs • Special EDition • Weekly and archives • OSPI website • WACs • http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=392-172a • SELS Liaisons