ERIC Number: ED469053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
State Education Department--Oversight of School Districts' Special Education Classification and Placement Processes for School-Age Children. Report.
New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit and State Financial Services.
This report presents findings of an audit of the New York State Education Department's Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID). The audit concluded that VESID oversight of school districts may not be adequately targeting formal reviews of special education programs to those districts that pose the highest risk of noncompliance with applicable laws and or program underperformance. In the six districts visited, adequate processes and procedures for classifying and placing special education students were found, but student files often lacked required assessments, evaluations, and service plans. The audit also found that VESID does not use the review process to formally question the propriety of districts' classification and placement decisions or a student's need for related services. Following an introduction, the main body of the report presents information on first, VESID's monitoring of school district special education programs and second, VESID's monitoring of school district policies and practices. Two attached exhibits identify districts with potential deficiencies not visited or scheduled to be visited in 5 years and summarize missing requirements by district. Appended are a list of contributors to the report and comments of State Education Department officials that generally agree with the report's recommendations. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Classification, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Special Education, State School District Relationship, Student Placement
For full text: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/audits/allaudits/093002/00s46.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit and State Financial Services.
Identifiers - Location: New York