8/14/2013 – FFY 2011 PEA Data Profiles

FFY 2011 PEA Data Profiles

Greetings!

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 established a requirement that all States develop and submit to the US Department of Education (USDOE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), a performance plan designed to advance the State from its current level of compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements of the law and to improve the educational and functional outcomes for children with disabilities. This plan is the State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (APR), which has 20 indicators.

The purpose of the PEA data profile is to provide a visual picture of your PEA’s Indicator data and compare how your PEA measures against the state targets for each Indicator. As was done last year, PEA data profiles will be accessible through a website where the FFY 2011 Report Card (using data from SY 2011-2012) and Report Card Snapshot will be available for viewing.

The URL for the data profile login site is:  http://ddesurvey.com/arizona.

To log-in, you will use your email address (the one where you received this email) and your password from last year.  If you don’t recall your password, click on the “forgot password” link and your password will be emailed to you.  If you did not have a password last year, one will be emailed to you at your log-in email address when you click on the “forgot password” link.

Please direct all inquiries related to data profile logins to Tara Bazata at Data Driven Enterprises:  tara@DataDrivenEnterprises.com  or 303-255-5607.

ESS Data Management



Information Regarding Replacement of “Mental Retardation” with “Intellectual Disability”

Please note the update taken from School Finance -  May 29, 2013. The original post for this topic can be found here.

On October 5, 2010, President Obama signed legislation requiring the federal government to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in many areas of government. This measure, known as Rosa’s Law, strips the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from federal health, education, and labor policy. “Intellectual disability” or “individual with an intellectual disability” are being inserted in place of these outdated terms. The rights of individuals with disabilities remain the same.

ADE is in the conversion process required by this legislation. References to “mental retardation” are being changed to “intellectual disability” and the acronym “MR” is being replaced with the acronym “ID.” The current acronyms for the disability categories of MIMR, MOMR, and SMR are being changed to MIID, MOID, and SID within SAIS. Additionally, references to a “mentally retarded individual” are being changed to an “individual with an intellectual disability” in resource documents, memos, and other supporting documentation throughout ADE.

ADE’s conversion from “MR” to “ID” in SAIS will be introduced in July 2013. However, not all ADE data collection application and resource material conversions will occur immediately after June 30, 2013. The conversion process for other online applications and resource materials is expected to be finalized no later than December 2013.

SAIS business rules were created identifying the areas within SAIS to be modified to accommodate this change. The rules can be found here within the “Business Rules” section of the webpage under fiscal year “2014.”



Graduation for Students with Disabilities: Guidance Documents for PEAs and Parents

On behalf of the Arizona Graduation Workgroup, ADE/ESS is pleased to present two guidance documents related to graduation for students with disabilities: Graduation and Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Public Education Agencies and Graduation and Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Parents. These documents are attached to this email, but are also available on a newly developed ADE/ESS graduation website: http://www.azed.gov/special-education/graduation.

 

In order to better understand the perspectives of students, families, schools, and agencies involved in graduation planning, the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), solicited volunteers from the field to compose a graduation workgroup. This workgroup includes representatives from all relevant stakeholder groups, and its purpose is a continuing one—to discuss and develop guidance to assist public education agencies (PEAs) and individualized education program (IEP) teams in making informed decisions about graduation for students with disabilities.

 

These documents are intended to clarify Arizona’s graduation requirements, their interplay with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and how graduation requirements impact students with disabilities. They represent the first communication from the graduation workgroup and are not intended to be “one size fits all” guides for all graduation issues nor will they address all questions related to graduation. ADE/ESS, through the advisement of the graduation workgroup, ADE/Legal Department, and other ADE program areas, will continue to generate helpful documents, resources, and web links and to disseminate them to the field on a regular basis. Additional related topics will be addressed in future communications and presentations related to this guidance will be provided at the Directors Institute (August 2013) and Arizona’s Thirteenth Annual Transition Conference (September/October 2013).

 

 

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards and IEPs

Roll out of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS) has begun and educators across the country are being challenged to realign curriculum and address shifts in instructional priorities as they prepare for implementation. Special educators must be proactive and engage in this same work. Instructional resources will be identified that can assist special educators to develop IEPs that are instructionally relevant and designed to increase access to the general education curriculum.

  • October 29th, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Transitioning to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Students with Disabilities Webinar. This webinar, presented by WestEd, is designed to provide teachers with information on how to provide access to the Arizona Standards through grade-level standards-aligned Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), resources, and evidence-based instructional strategies.

View the archived webinar here.

View questions asked during the webinar here.

 

  • February 21, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. IEPs and the Common Core State Standards Webinar. This webinar, presented by Carol Kosnitsky, will provide a brief introduction to the process of aligning IEPs to the Common Core State Standards. Further information will be provided in a full-day conference on March 27 or 28, 2013 – A Common Sense Approach to Writing IEPs Aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Download the presentation handout.

View the archived webinar here.

View questions asked during the webinar here.

 

To be added to a list of interested participants for our next round of training, please provide your contact information here.


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