Integrating Services for All Students (SPED)
RELATED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
In spring 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) announced that it was beginning to implement a new accountability framework for special education. This framework, known as Results Driven Accountability (RDA), is intended to shift from a compliance to an outcomes focus to improve educational achievement and skills for students with disabilities. While compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is still important, the new framework helps State Education Agencies (SEAs) create a more integrated approach to serving all students, including those with special needs. To build this capacity, states complete and implement a State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). This plan serves as a new indicator for the state annual performance reports under the IDEA.
Effective Practice in the SEA
OSEP asks states to report 16 outcome indicators, and a 17th indicator to develop and implement the SSIP. Systemic Improvement in the State Education Agency is a rubric-based tool to guide the SEA in developing and implementing the SSIP. But the rubric-based tool goes beyond guidance to satisfy federal requirements for a plan; it provides essential implementation indicators to assist the SEA in fully implementing the most effective practices relative to the elements of the SSIP.
SEA Team Engagement in SSIP
This rubric-based tool helps an SEA team ensure all programs in the SEA are working in concert to support all students, including students with disabilities. In addition, the tool reflects the idea that stakeholder engagement is critical. The rubric enables SEAs to develop and implement improvement plans (SSIP) in a manner that is aligned with the state’s existing reform efforts and to pave a pathway to full implementation of effective practice.
Technical Assistance from BSCP Center to SEAs
SEAs may request technical assistance from the BSCP Center, at no cost to the state, for training and consultation with the use of this rubric and the implementation of improvement plans. The technical assistance extends beyond the preparation of the SSIP and, in fact, may be initiated even after the SSIP has been prepared. The purpose of the technical assistance is to achieve full implementation of effective practices aligned with the elements of the SSIP. The IndiSEA™ online performance management system is provided to the SEA to manage its implementation of the rubric-based indicators of effective practice as found in this document. For more information, contact Lois Myran at info@BSCPcenter.org.
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The findings and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies of the U.S. Department of Education.
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