The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, is required to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). Further, Section 3323.02 O.R.C. requires the special education program of each school district to be operated in accordance with the procedures, standards, and guidelines adopted by the State Board of Education in order to receive state or federal funds for the district’s special education program.
The outcome of the IDEA Monitoring review activities should provide valuable information for school districts' planning process to improve results for children with disabilities, including implementation of special education processes and services/supports for students with disabilities.
In the past On Site Reviews have helped districts update their policies and procedures to become compliant in areas of special education. Unfortunately, in a relatively short amount of time many of those “good habits” were lost and districts got off track on compliant issues.
An internal monitoring systems allows districts to “self monitor” making for a better long term solution.
We want to improve:
1. Student Outcomes
2. Teacher Performance
3. School Support for Teachers
4. District Support for Schools
5. Regional Supports for Districts
6. State Supports for Outcomes
How many teams will there be in the district? How often will the teams meet? Who will be on the teams? Will the teams be rotated? Will there be the same team for IEP’s as ETR’s? How will staff be trained? How will progress monitored? How will the Plan be reviewed be determined? How will teams document activity and use data? How will feedback be provided?