Field services assist school districts and charter schools identify growth opportunities, celebrate success, and analyze possibilities for continuous improvement. Contact ESC-20 Special Education Field Service Agents for more information and pricing.
SE-FSAs partner with local leadership to bridge the gap from the discussion of identifying solutions to actionable steps for change using a Guided Action Plan (GAP). The GAP process begins with an on-site strategic needs assessment to determine over-arching trends and questions. This includes quantitative data analysis to compare the performance of the Local Education Agency (LEA) to regional and state information. Additionally, qualitative data collected helps provide context and understanding of needs through on-site stakeholder interviews and classroom observations. Then a local multidisciplinary team led by SE-FSA staff identifies strategic action priorities. A written Guided Action Plan with follow-up Implementation Checkpoint intervals produced by the team will be the basis for action, measurement, and sustainable goal attainment.
• Strategic Needs Assessment and Data Analysis
• Stakeholder Interviews and Classroom Observations
• Action Planning Team for Baseline and Goals
• Written Action Plan Provided by ESC-20
• Implementation Checkpoints
Does your campus have a fixed or growth mindset?
What are the barriers to student success?
Do you need a pulse on the climate and culture of the campus?
How does quantitative achievement align with qualitative data on campus?
Decision making in special education places heavy emphasis on utilizing quantitative data analysis. Another important component of planning is consideration of qualitative data. Qualitative data provides authentic descriptions about insights into relationships, root causes of barriers, and effects within dynamic processes. Contact an SE-FSA to schedule a Qualitative Needs Assessment (QNA) to develop a deeper understanding and gain insights regarding a situation beyond quantitative data. This process includes gathering stakeholder feedback through interviews and survey analytics from administrators, teachers, parents, special education staff, and students (up to 20). The QNA concludes with the delivery and debrief of a written summary identifying analysis of trends and insights, and corresponding interview transcripts.
SE-FSAs provide proactive services to assist Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with the upcoming increases and expansion of special education compliance and monitoring in the Texas Education Agency Special Education Strategic Plan. Request a Special Education Documentation Review to uncover the prevalence of potential non-compliance in student records documentation. This on-site review process is intended to result in a Diagnostic Improvement Report allowing LEAs the opportunity to preview areas of compliance issues before a regulatory visit from the Texas Education Agency occurs.
The Program Review process supports district-level continuous improvement efforts in the area of Special Education. The process includes interviews of multi-disciplinary educator teams representative of the school district, classroom observations of select students with disabilities, review of eligibility folders, provider service logs, and local policies and guidelines. A written report that describes program highlights and identified trends from the Program Review will be shared with the district selected Special Education Task Force.
Staffing considerations for students with disabilities can vary based on individualized need. The determination of staff caseloads for special education services is the discretion of the Local Education Agency (LEA). SE-FSAs are available to conduct a staffing analysis using information from a needs assessment, Special Education Staffing Analysis Tool, and Worksheet for Weighted Caseload to determine staffing considerations.
Special Education Field Service Agents provide on-site support specifically designed and customized to meet the needs of Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Field Supports are available for district leadership, campus administration, classroom instructors, and special education professional staff. Contact ESC-20 Special Education Field Service Agents for more information.
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