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Title: Special Education Compliance

Special Education Compliance
  • Megan Marie Van Fossan M.A., M.Ed.
  • McGuffey School District

  • What is Special Education?
  • What is compliance?

Who is eligible for Special Education?
Who is eligible for Special Education?
  • The student needs to have a disability that is
    recognized under IDEA 04
  • AND
  • Be in need of Specially Designed Instruction

What are the federal laws that drive special
education in the United States?
The Laws of the Land
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education
    Improvement Act (IDEA 2004)
  • passed in 1975 as the Education for All
    Handicapped Children Act
  • establishes framework for special education in
    this country
  • reauthorization signed December 3, 2004
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary
    Education Act (e.g. Title I)
  • signed into law January 2002

What are the State Regulation for special
education in PA?
PA Code
  • Chapter 14- Special Education

What are the timelines for special education
Chapter 14 Timelines
  • 14.123 Evaluations and 14.124 Reevals
  • Does change timeline to 60 calendar days for
    initial evaluation and reevaluation
  • After receiving written parental consent
  • BUT . . Summer does not count!
  • Copies of eval or reeval report
  • Given to parents at least 10 school days prior to
    IEP meeting
  • Unless waived by parents

Chapter 14 Timelines
  • There are 30 calendar days between the issuance
    of a report and the IEP meeting.
  • IEPs have to be reviewed within 1 year.

  • Who is responsible for enrollment?

  • Who is responsible for enrollment?
  • Public School
  • Public School
  • Public School

Sample Enrollment Procedures
  •  Special Services Enrollment Process
  • The Special Services Office has developed the
    following procedures to expeditiously and
    appropriately provide educational services for
  • Completion of the McGuffey Enrollment Packet,
    which includes
  • Student Registration Affidavit (notarized)
  • Foster Children Information Form
  • McGuffey School District Student Enrollment Form
  • New Student Information Form
  • Home Language Survey (included on Student
    Enrollment Form)
  • McGuffey School District Student Media Release
  • The above documents are required and should be
    fully completed. The enrollment packet should
    then be delivered to the attention of Megan Van
    Fossan at the McGuffey Special Services Office by
    mail or fax.
  • McGuffey School District Phone 724-663-5364
  • Special Services Office Fax 724-663-3696
  • P.O. Box 421
  • 119 Main Street
  • Claysville, PA 15323

Once the Special Services Office receives the
enrollment packet every effort is made to make a
placement decision within three to five days.
Brenda Steele, Lead Support Teacher begins the
process of gathering the information for each
student. This process usually begins with phone
calls and faxing an Authorization to
Release/Request Information Form to the students
previous schools..   At this juncture, the
following information is requested Academic
Report (report cards, current grades (if
mid-grading period,) transcript, and PSSA or PASA
test results Attendance/Behavior Report
(discipline referrals) Discharge Summary (if in
previous RTF program) Psychological
Testing Immunization/Health Records Special
Education Documents (including, but not limited
to, initial Evaluation Report, current IEP, and
current RR)   While gathering the above mentioned
documents, the Special Services Office will then
contact relevant persons who can provide
information regarding the students academic and
behavioral abilities and concerns.    
  The following people are contacted Parent/Guard
ian School personnel, ie. principal, special
education director, guidance counselor, special
education teacher/regular education teacher Staff
from RTF program, if applicable Staff personnel
from previous placements, if applicable Juvenile
Probation Officer, if applicable Social
Worker/Case Manager, if applicable   Upon
completion of all of the above processes, the IEP
is re-opened by the IEP team which includes the
following Megan Van Fossan, LEA a special
education teacher a regular education teacher
and the parent/guardian. The team decides what
revisions need to be made and adopts the IEP with
a duration date of 30 days. A new NOREP is
issued to the students parent/guardian
reflecting the new educational placement.   The
Special Services Office distributes all of the
appropriate documentations to the receiving
school. The two entities then work together and
schedule a new IEP conference for the student
within the 30 day time limit. The 30 days allow
the new teacher to gather new classroom
information, complete testing, and prepare a
Re-evaluation Report and IEP.      
Who is required to attend an IEP Meeting?
IEP Team
  • How is a childs program determined?
  • All decisions regarding FAPE are made by the IEP
  • Who is on the team?
  • Parents
  • Special ed teacher
  • Regular ed teacher (If the student participates
    in regular education)
  • Related Service Providers
  • LEA representative (HOST)
  • LEA representative (HOME)
  • Required members can only be excused with
    parental consent!

IEP Team
  • The IEP Team is the decision maker under IDEA
  • Responsible for developing, reviewing and
    revising an IEP
  • There are no individual decisions

  • What does IEP Team decide?
  • What special education and related services the
    child needs to receive FAPE
  • Once decision is made, all services are written
    in IEP
  • Once services are in IEP, school district must
    ensure child receives those services
  • contract

What is a related service?
What is a related service?
  • Transportation and
  • Such developmental, corrective and other
    supportive services as may be required to assist
    a child with a disability to benefit from

PA Chapter 14 and the Ramifications of Gaskins
Settelment Agreement
  • Placement
  • Team must first consider regular classroom with
    supplementary aids and services before
    considering services in another setting
  • What does this mean for you?

Who requires a behavior intervention plan?
Behavior Management
  • Who requires a behavior intervention plan?
  • A child who has behavior difficulties that
    interfere with learning
  • Must be POSITIVE interventions and supports
  • Developed by the IEP Team
  • Set forth in a written plan

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