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

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

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Identified districts were required to review policies, procedures, and practices related to the identification of students with disabilities. Upon the completion of this self assessment, districts were required to submit a written assurance statement affirming that its policies, procedures, and practices were in compliance with federal regulations and state rules related to the identification of students with disabilities. All districts submitted a written assurance statement indicating the disproportionate representation was not the result of inappropriate identification. Information about disproportionate representation can be found on the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/guidance/disprop/disprop.html Actual Target Data for FFY 2007: a. # of districts with disproportionate representation that is the result of inappropriate identification 2006-07 2007-08 0 0 b. Districts in the state 1237 1230 Calculation: a / b * 100 0% 0% Discussion of Improvement Activities Completed and Explanation of Progress or Slippage that occurred for FFY 2007: I. Improvement Activities Completed The improvement activities related to disproportionate representation are interrelated to several other indicators in the Annual Performance Report (APR) including: � Indicator 1: Graduation Rate � Indicator 5: Educational Environments, Ages 6-21 (placements in the least restrictive environment) The data associated with the indicators above must be considered when addressing the disproportionate representation indicator. Specific improvement activities related to these areas include all the activities listed in Indicator 1 (Graduation). FFY 2007 Technical Assistance Update As part of the consequence of the State’s determination level of Needs Assistance or lower for two consecutive years, the State is required to report in its Annual Performance Report technical assistance it sought during the reporting period. In addition to participating in the regularly scheduled monthly technical assistance calls with OSEP, the following technical assistance was received for this indicator: � TEA staff attended the National Accountability Conference and OSEP Leadership Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland in August, 2008. The conference provided OSEP guidance, clarification, technical assistance, and presentations related to indicator 10 in the SPP/APR. Additionally, the conference afforded TEA staff the opportunity to network with other states in regard to their approach, experience and activities associated with the indicator. Part B State Annual Performance Report for FFY 2007 February 1, 2009 (OMB NO: 1820-0624 / Expiration Date: 08-31-2009) Page 57

In December 2007 and June 2008, the TEA convened stakeholders to provide feedback on the methodologies for determining disproportionate representation in Indicators 9 and 10. Based on the feedback, the TEA refined its current methodology found on the TEA website at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/guidance/disprop/method.html. II. Explanation of Progress or Slippage No districts reported that disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education and related services is the result of inappropriate identification. Increased statewide awareness on the compliance aspect of State Performance Plan Indicators 9 and 10 has contributed to the state’s compliance with this indicator. Revisions, with Justification, to Proposed Targets / Improvement Activities / Timelines / Resources for FFY 2008: I. Targets No revision. This is an indicator with a 0% noncompliance target. II. Improvement Activities /Timelines and Resources The improvement activities related to disproportionate representation are interrelated to several other indicators in the Annual Performance Report (APR) including: � Indicator 1: Graduation Rate � Indicator 5: Educational Environments, Ages 6-21 (placements in the least restrictive environment) The data associated with the indicators above must be considered when addressing disproportionate representation indicator. Specific improvement activities related to these areas include all the activities listed in Indicator 1 (Graduation). FFY 2008 Technical Assistance Update As part of the consequence of the State’s determination level of Needs Assistance or lower for two consecutive years, the State is required to report in its Annual Performance Report technical assistance it sought during the reporting period. In addition to participating in the regularly scheduled monthly technical assistance calls with OSEP, the following technical assistance was received for this indicator: � TEA staff will attend the Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) Regional Early Childhood Forum with presentations and invited guests, OSEP, National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC), and Data and Accountability Center (DAC) representatives (October 2008). Improvement activities for this indicator will be ongoing through the 2010-2011 school year. Part B State Annual Performance Report for FFY 2007 February 1, 2009 (OMB NO: 1820-0624 / Expiration Date: 08-31-2009) Page 58

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