What You Will Learn
To help you bring coherence and alignment to districtwide special education systems, WestEd partners with district leaders to review and strengthen special education services and programs through a comprehensive data-gathering process, analysis, and development of recommendations for improvement.
We work collaboratively to engage district and community collaborators in quantitative and qualitative data collection and information gathering to provide an overall picture of the district’s systems and structures supporting students receiving special education services.
The WestEd team will gain a variety of perspectives from multiple data sources including fiscal analyses; document reviews; online surveys; interviews with administrators, educators and staff; focus groups with educators and parents; classroom observations; and modified IEP reviews.
We will then conduct a comprehensive review of the data and share preliminary results with your district management team to ensure that we have explored and addressed all components. We will produce a final report that includes findings, recommendations for each task area, and next steps for changes to the program.
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Who Will Benefit
Education service agencies desiring a comprehensive review of data along with recommendations for improvement of the services and programs offered to students receiving special education, including:
- State education agencies
- County/regional offices of education
- Districts and schools
How We Will Partner with You
The WestEd project director will work closely with district administration to adjust the evaluation design and the methodology to meet the needs of the district. A pre-assessment process with district stakeholders is recommended to identify the specific tasks to be included within the scope of work for this study.
The WestEd team will collect and analyze information that will assist the district in identifying the current status of their efforts to educate students with disabilities and develop recommendations for implementing strategies to achieve a dependable, efficient, and cost-effective system that produces positive outcomes for students receiving special education services.
A scope of work and cost analysis is carefully and collaboratively crafted with each district through an intake process which allows our team to define a plan for analyzing the key systems and procedures and identify areas of concern in order to develop specific recommendations for improvement.
For more information contact Dona Meinders.
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