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FFY 2007 Annual Performance Report - TEA - Home School ...

FFY 2007 Annual Performance Report - TEA - Home School ...

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TEA staff (complaints and policy) and Division of Legal Services staff participated together in audio-conference calls, hosted by the SERRC, with expert consultants regarding the policies, procedures, and practices in Texas related to dispute resolution systems to obtain feedback on specific issues in order to establish consistency in the application of federal and state regulations regarding special education services. � TEA staff analyzed data collected for Indicator 15 on identified noncompliance and corrective actions across the state in order to identify specific areas of need for focused training and policy guidance. This analysis has also enabled division staff to review the effectiveness of assigned corrective actions. � TEA staff added functionality to the Correspondence and Dispute Resolution Management System (CDRMS) that improved the investigators’ ability to track and coordinate corrective actions. These enhancements not only continue to ensure noncompliance is promptly corrected within one calendar year from the date the noncompliance was identified, but also enable the TEA to monitor interim corrections. � The TEA continued sponsoring a pilot project through the regional education service centers (ESCs) with regard to a statewide effort to provide facilitated admission, review, and dismissal committee (ARDC) meetings to local education agencies in order to assist in local dispute resolution. � In order to disseminate information regarding the State’s special education complaints resolution policies and procedures, the TEA participated in the following: � TEA staff members conducted information sharing with the ESCs by providing data from the 2007-08 school year related to special education complaints, due process hearings, and mediations. The data was provided to the ESCs and was utilized to provide more focused technical assistance to districts by allowing said assistance to specifically target re-occurring issues within each respective district. � The Division of IDEA Coordination, in conjunction with the Division of Legal Services, developed a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document based on feedback from stakeholder groups that outlines the policies, procedures, and practices of the special education complaint process. The FAQ is available on the TEA’s website. � TEA staff conducted information sharing sessions with numerous parent organizations and local education agency representatives across the state with regard to the dispute resolution continuum provided by the TEA. � The Division of IDEA Coordination and the Division of Legal Services provided information to school districts, parents, and organizations with regard to special education resolution procedures, including revisions to the procedures as a result of the IDEA 2004 final regulations on the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/medcom/. � The Division of IDEA Coordination updated the CDRMS based on current regulations to reflect issues upon which complaints are filed and substantiated by school district/region in order to provide extensive data to the ESCs to ensure more specific areas of focused technical assistance for school districts. II. Explanation of Progress or Slippage Of the 171 investigative reports issued, 171 were issued within either the 60-calendar-day timeline or within their respective extended timelines. Due to a restructuring of the special education complaints policies and procedures and due to the implementation of CDRMS, the special education complaint resolution system now incorporates interim checks and balances that are flexible and that ensure the completion of all special education complaint resolutions within the regulatory timeline. The system permits the TEA, the district, and the complainant to pursue local resolution and a formal investigation of a special education complaint simultaneously in a manner that does not interfere with the TEA’s ability to conduct and complete a formal investigation within the 60-calendar-day timeline or within an extended timeline. Part B State Annual Performance Report for FFY 2007 February 2, 2009 (OMB NO: 1820-0624 / Expiration Date: 08-31-2009) Page 91

Revisions, with Justification, to Proposed Targets / Improvement Activities / Timelines / Resources for FFY 2007: I. Targets No revision. This is an indicator with a 100% compliance target. II. Improvement Activities / Timelines / Resources During the 2008-09 year, the TEA will implement the following activities to improve the dispute resolution system: � The Division of IDEA Coordination will evaluate performance data with regard to the special education complaints team on a continuous basis to ensure compliance with special education regulations. � The Division of IDEA Coordination will continue to analyze data collected for Indicator 15 to track identified noncompliance and corrective actions across the state in order to identify specific areas of need for focused training and policy guidance. This analysis will also enable division staff to review the effectiveness of assigned corrective actions. � The Division of IDEA Coordination will participate in trainings provided by Regional Resource Centers with regard to special education case law, regulations, and special education complaint investigation procedures. � The Division of IDEA Coordination will continue the development and implementation of more efficient policies, procedures, and practices to ensure prompt correction of identified noncompliance as soon as possible, but in all cases within one calendar year from the date of notification. � The Division of IDEA Coordination will implement the feedback survey form that will be utilized in garnering input from parties participating in the special education complaints resolution process. Input from the forms will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and will be used for continuous improvement. In order to disseminate information regarding the State’s special education complaints policies and procedures, the TEA staff members will implement the following: � The continued information sharing with the ESCs through the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN) with regard to the complaints process; � The continued information sharing with parent groups and districts across the state of Texas with regard to the special education complaint resolution process; � The continued information sharing with ESC parent liaisons with regard to the special education complaint resolution process; and � The continued information sharing with school districts, parents, and organizations with regard to special education complaints procedures through the TEA’s webpage. Improvement activities for this indicator will be ongoing through the 2010-2011 school year. Part B State Annual Performance Report for FFY 2007 February 2, 2009 (OMB NO: 1820-0624 / Expiration Date: 08-31-2009) Page 92

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