Special Education Case Loads Task Force

Special Education Case Loads Task Force

Reporting Back from November 5, 2013 Meeting

Welcome and Introductions – Rose Hermodson, Assistant Commissioner

Review of Agenda – Don McNeil and Todd Travis, Co-Chairs

Federal Shift to Create Balance – Barbara Troolin, Special Education Division Director

Barbara gave a PowerPoint overview of the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) model, detailing improved results and functional outcomes. The four strands of support are:

Leadership, Collaboration, TA and Accountability. The shift is to create a balance between the focus on improved results and outcomes for students. OSEP is providing more flexibility to states, some streamlined reporting expected and a new indicator added as an area of focus.

Online IEP Paperwork Reduction Project – David Reeg, MN.IT@MDE Staff

David explained back-end data steps for processing requirements that included the following topics:

Step 1: Define Project Goals and Concerns

Step 2: Define Business Users and Process Requirements

Step 3: Back-End Data Processing Requirements

Step 4: Data Requirements Analysis

Step 5: Next Steps

Discussions took place (i.e., suggestions, comments, responses and recommendations).

Work Load Analysis – Todd Travis and MASE Info

Todd reviewed a workload analysis used to analyze special education caseloads. Factors included student contact, students case managed, cumulative federal settings and special factors.

Handout from George Holt and Rose Hermodson

Calculations were provided by School Finance on teacher, paras and others with overall child count and specific disabilities breakout.

Subgroup Work

The Case Loads and Alignment subgroup members separated into CCA-13 and 14 for further discussions.

Subgroup Recap

Todd, Don and Rose gave brief recaps of the two subgroups.

Wrap-up by Rose

Housekeeping, Mileage, Adjournment at: 3:57 p.m.

Next meeting is, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 1 p.m.