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

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

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Discussion of Improvement Activities Completed and Explanation of Progress or Slippage that occurred for FFY 2007: I. Improvement Activities Completed Monitoring Activities, 2007-08 The 2007-08 special education monitoring process included four types of monitoring activities: Performance-Based Monitoring (PBM) of public school districts including charter schools; approval and re-approval of nonpublic schools; cyclical monitoring of other entities that provide services to students with disabilities; and residential facility monitoring. PBM All districts were evaluated through an analysis of district data against standards of the Performance- Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS). Information on the 2007-2008 PBMAS is available at The districts that were evaluated received ratings that placed them into one of five stages of intervention. Information on the 2007-2008 stages of intervention is available at Depending on the stage of intervention, districts were required to engage in various self-evaluation activities to focus on improving results for students with disabilities and to facilitate continuous feedback and use of information to support continuous improvement. The following table shows how the 491 districts that received ratings were distributed among the five stages of intervention: Stage of Intervention # of districts 1A 332 1B 74 2 40 3 29 4 16 Total 491 Districts in 1A interventions retained their self-evaluation data and continuous improvement plan (CIP). Each district in 1B, 2, and 3 interventions was required to submit its self-evaluation data and CIP to the TEA. Based on the findings from all required intervention activities, the district develops a CIP to incorporate the district’s plans, to improve results for students with disabilities and to correct any instances of identified noncompliance. TEA staff reviewed all documents submitted by districts, including the CIP. Follow-up activities were conducted with districts throughout the year to verify the progress and implementation of the CIP. Initial and Re-approval for Nonpublic Schools The TEA monitors both day and residential nonpublic schools with which districts may contract for special education instructional and related services. Information on the process of approving and monitoring nonpublic schools is available at the following website: During the 2007-2008 year, the TEA reviewed seven nonpublic schools for re-approval and one for an initial approval. A total of 63 districts contracted with these eight nonpublic schools during the school year. Each nonpublic school completed a self-analysis concerning state and federal regulations prior to the on-site review. Additionally, the contracting district completed and submitted a focused compliance report for each student who is being educated in the nonpublic school. The on-site review focuses on programs and services relative to appropriate staffing, specific program locations, specific areas of disabilities, and age ranges. Noncompliance may be identified as issues for the nonpublic school, and, if applicable, any contracting district. Other Monitoring Activities The TEA also monitors four entities that are under the oversight of other state agencies, but provide educational services to students with disabilities: Texas School for the Deaf, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Texas Youth Commission, and the Windham Prison System. These entities are monitored on a four-year cycle. A monitoring review of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was conducted during 2007-2008. Part B State Annual Performance Report for FFY 2007 February 2, 2009 (OMB NO: 1820-0624 / Expiration Date: 08-31-2009) Page 83

Residential Facility Monitoring (RFM) Under a consent decree in the case of Angel G. et al. v. Texas Education Agency, the TEA monitors districts that serve students with disabilities who reside in residential facilities (RF) within the geographic boundaries and/or jurisdiction of the district. Information on the RF monitoring system is available at the following website: Under this monitoring system, 30 RF contracting districts are selected annually for on-site visits. Selection determinations are based upon a review of data reported by districts and based on random selection. Certain on-site visits also occur for the purpose of random data verification as well as the implementation of the district’s corrective action plan (CAP). For the 2007-2008 school year the following on-site reviews occurred: Type of Review # of districts Performance review based on data reported by district 15 Performance review randomly selected 7 Data verification randomly selected 3 CAP implementation 5 On-site monitoring visits for selected districts are conducted using specific investigatory questions and compliance standards. This information may be found at Types of Intervention Based on 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §89.1076 Board of Managers and TEA Appointed Superintendent Special Purpose Conservator Special Purpose Monitor Agency Action Related to Uncorrected Noncompliance in Monitoring Districts with Continuing Noncompliance October 1, 2006 through October 1, 2007 Monitoring Process for Identification Further Action of TEA 1 District / 2 findings PBM Agency staff will work closely with the TEA appointed superintendent and his staff to verify correction of noncompliance and improvement of program effectiveness. 8 Districts / 38 findings RFM Agency staff will work closely with special purpose conservators to verify correction of noncompliance and improvement of effectiveness 1 District / 5 findings PBM Agency staff will work closely with special purpose monitor to verify correction of noncompliance and improvement of program effectiveness Part B State Annual Performance Report for FFY 2007 February 2, 2009 (OMB NO: 1820-0624 / Expiration Date: 08-31-2009) Page 84

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