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Nevada, NV-SEARSThe Nevada Special Education Accountability & Reporting System (NV SEARS) is a SPEDSIS-developed customized web-based application that began in 2008 with 2009-2010 the first full year of collecting and reporting information .The customized web-based monitoring application also supports collection and full reporting of additional data. Local and SEA level reports are filterable by attributes over time (e.g., disability, race, gender, district, ed environment). NV SEARS also has capacity for importing extant data for population of APR indicators, and is the only application with an EDEN data manager.MORE
Bruce and Karen are contracted consultant s to the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy). Through DaSy they provide expertise and TA in the areas of Part C and 619 data and associated data systems development. DaSy is an exciting and timely OSEP-funded TA center supporting both Part C and Part B 619 programs in every state.
District of Columbia, DC CATS
The District of Columbia Corrective Action Tracking System (DC CATS) is a SPEDSIS-developed cloud-based customized application that meets the unique needs of the District of Columbia’s Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). DC CATS supports both Part C and B specialized IDEA monitoring of Service Coordination Agencies, LEAs, charters, and non public agencies. It supports the overall management of all aspects of monitoring data collection (e.g., onsite, fiscal, interviews, other findings), tracking correction of found noncompliance, and full support of the review of additional information (“prong 2”). Reports and dashboards display current local agency-specific status of compliance findings, corrections, and review of additional data.MORE
The Utah Program Improvement Planning System (UPIPS) for special education is a SPEDSIS-developed customized web-based application that began in 2010. In addition to a full Part B monitoring system allowing USOE to manage all aspects of onsite and desk audit monitoring, UPIPS continues to be enhanced with expanded functionality for both the LEAs and the SEA. UPIPS currently has over 1600 users.MORE
Bruce has been, and currently is, a contracted consultant to the Tennessee Department of Education since 2005. He supports and consults to their Part C, 619, and Part B programs with emphasis on data, APR, local determinations, SSIP, and overall general supervision.
Since 2005 Bruce has been a contracted consultant to the Mid-South Regional Resource Center, Karen has been a consultant to MSRRC since 2009. They have worked on site with eight of the nine states in the MSRRC to support SEA monitoring efforts. They have created state-specific Excel-based monitoring tools for numbers of those states. In addition they assist with general and specific IDEA data work (e.g., new data manager transitions, support regional job-alike group for lead SEA monitors, provide critical reviews of SEAs draft APRs).
In 2006, Bruce and John Hunter (SPEDSIS consultant programmer) submitted a winning proposal to the Iowa Department of Education to build a Part C and Part B monitoring system . The Iowa System to Achieve Results (I-STAR) is a full featured monitoring system that also collects additional Part C and B data, supports the review of policies, procedures, and practices (B4, B9), has extensive secondary transition connections and collections with Vocational Rehabilitation, online tutorials, and additional functionality. (This project is ongoing and through a company owned jointly by Bruce and John Hunter.)MORE
Maryland, IDEA Data Center
SPEDSIS staff Bruce and Karen are consultants to the IDEA Data Center (IDC). Westat, the contractor for IDC, has a long and distinguished history of providing IDEA data support to SEAs and Lead Agencies. We look forward to working on this TA Center and their work for and with states.
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IDEA Sec. 616 Monitoring, Technical Assistance, & Enforcement
- Designing monitoring systems for SEAs/LAs
- Building statewide data systems for:
- File reviews
- Tracking correction of noncompliance
- Verifying corrections
- Reviewing additional data (“prong 2”) to assure correct implementation of regulatory requirements
- Summary reporting
- Building improvement planning systems
- Building professional development management systems
- Building systems that support use of compliance and results data for improvement planning.
- Working with states on every aspect of their APRs.
We love (and do) special education data:
IDEA Sec. 618 Program Information
- Cleaning (ok, we only like it)
- B4, B9, and B10 reviews of P, P, Ps
- Student level collections of APR indicators B7,B8, B13, B14, C3, C4
- Help SEAs oversee an outside vendor or data project
- Design improved business rules and algorithms to existing data systems
What We Don't Do
Our experiences as special education state department employees and our work with dozens of state departments of education does not qualify us to work with LEAs, intermediate education units, or Part C providers. We understand IDEA.
We understand SEA and Part C lead agency data collection, data processing, and data reporting. But our depth of knowledge exists in this narrow subject area. We are not the most popular conversationalists at dinner parties. (Unless that dinner party is for SEA or Lead Agency staff—then we can hold our own!) Sorry LEAs.
While we truly value the work that happens locally closest to students, our work does not generalize to the local level.
From the Blog
Tiered Compliance Monitoring
Personally, I’m working to remove the phrase “compliance monitoring” from my vocabulary. As a recovering “compliance monitor” I’m grateful SPEDSIS has the opportunity to work with Utah State Office of Education (USOE) to support their new Part B tiered monitoring. Like most, Utah’s tiered monitoring will assign each LEA a tier based on a rubric that calculates each LEA’s compliance, results and other data. LEAs in each tier must respond to a graduated structure of USOE requirements. LEAs with the most needs get the most structured support.READ MORE
Meet our Team
This is what makes SPEDSIS unique.
Content staff work continually with our programming staff to ensure that products and functionality make sense from the client side and from our perspective as recovering state department of education staff.