ERIC Number: ED454643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-1
Reference Count: N/A
Vermont Task Force on Special Education Paperwork Reduction: A Report to the Commissioner of Education, David S. Wolk.
Reedy, Kristin M.; Kraynak, Pamela C.
A task force examined Vermont's special education paperwork and procedures to determine whether Vermont's requirements exceeded the federal requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Upon close examination, the task force found only four areas in which the Vermont special education regulations require more paperwork than the federal regulations: the evaluation plan, notice of evaluation delay, the supplemental evaluation, and the multi-year plan. It concluded that IDEA creates most of the paperwork burden, an increased emphasis on accountability adds to the burden, complex compliance requirements lead to inconsistencies, and personnel are overburdened. Task force recommendations fall into two main categories: recommendations to maximize efficiency in the management of paperwork, record keeping, and procedural requirements, and recommendations that support state initiatives already underway. Recommendations for reducing paperwork include: (1) the state education department should initiate a collaborative process with stakeholders to consider the possibility of a specific plan for selected districts that eliminates selected paperwork and procedural requirements; (2) the department should clarify that clerical support for special education paperwork and record-keeping tasks is an allowable expenditure under the current special education funding formula; and (3) the department should develop and coordinate inservice training for both general and special educators. (CR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Recordkeeping, Records Management, Special Education
Northeast Regional Resource Center (NERRC), Learning Innovations/WestEd, 20 Winter Sport Lane, Williston, VT 05495; Tel: 802-951-8226. For full text: http://www.wested.org/nerrc.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, Williston, VT. Northeast Regional Resource Center.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act