ERIC Number: ED439534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
Tuition Rate Setting Process for Schools Providing Special Education Programs.
New York State Education Dept., Albany.
This audit report examines the process used by the New York State Education Department in setting tuition rates for schools that provide special education programs. The audit specifically addresses two concerns: first, whether the current process adequately ensures that reimbursable tuition costs are reasonable, necessary, and directly related to the special education programs; and second, whether alternative reimbursement methodologies might be used. The audit finds that reimbursable tuition costs are more likely to meet these criteria if the costs claimed by providers are analyzed more extensively by the Department. The audit also finds that a number of benefits might be realized if alternative reimbursement methodologies are considered. These alternatives include: comparison of student-to-staff ratios at the providers to ratios approved by the department; comparison of costs claimed by a provider to those claimed by similar providers; and consideration of performance-based criteria and incentives in new rate setting procedures for preschool special education programs. Following an introductory section, examination of the rate setting process considers student-to-staff ratios, cost of therapy services, comparative cost analysis, and alternative reimbursement methodologies. Exhibits and appendices include student-to-staff ratios at selected special education providers and comments of Department officials, who agree with the report's recommendations. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Audits (Verification), Disabilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Special Education, State Departments of Education, Tuition
Office of the State Comptroller, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, 13th Floor, Albany, NY 12236. Web site: http://www.osc.state.ny.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.