ERIC Number: ED471944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Special Education Paperwork. Policy Forum Proceedings (Alexandria, Virginia, June 12-14, 2002).
Tschantz, Jennifer; Markowitz, Joy
This document contains a summary of proceedings of a conference convened June 12-14, 2002, to discuss special education paperwork and to explore ways to reduce paperwork. Participants reacted to and built upon information regarding paperwork from several sources, including a survey of state directors on special education paperwork; a survey on state-developed special education forms; data from teachers collected as part of the Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education; and information gathered from teachers by the National Education Association. Following an overview of the data and small group discussions, the forum made the following recommendations: (1) examine statutory language around the ability of schools to use credible evaluations provided from outside; (2) permit Individualized Education Program (IEP) addendums at times other than annual review, thus allowing parents and teachers to make changes other than placement; (3) fully integrate post-secondary transition planning into the IEP process and plan to reduce separate forms; (4) add language in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires Medicaid to accept IDEA documentation as adequate; (5) develop or support the development of family-friendly documents; and (6) develop model forms and guidance that meet requirements of IDEA around the special education decision-making process. (CR)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Documentation, Educational Change, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Transitional Programs
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), 1800 Diagonal Rd., Ste. 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800, ext. 312. For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act