ERIC Number: ED473544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Use of the Exceptional Student Education Matrix of Services.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services.
This report evaluates Florida school district requirements concerning use of the exceptional student education (ESE) Matrix of Services, which is required by the state only for students receiving the most intensive special education services. It provides background information, an explanation of the method used to gather data, and results of the data collection efforts. The history of exceptional education funding in Florida is reviewed from 1973 to the present, noting the change in 2000 in requirements for completing the matrix to reduce the paperwork burden associated with state funding. A telephone survey was conducted of all 67 Florida school districts that examined who completes the matrixes and how often matrixes are completed, and collected feedback from teachers regarding the matrixes. Although 34 districts completed matrixes only as required under state law, other districts completed matrixes for additional students. Districts completed matrixes for borderline and initially placed students and to keep track of changes. Responsibility for matrix completion was most commonly assigned to special education teachers. Frequency of matrix completion was evenly divided between districts who completed matrixes every three years or annually. Few districts reported negative feedback regarding paperwork requirements of matrix completion. A sample matrix form and a funding formula chart are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, School Districts, State Aid, State Legislation, State School District Relationship, Student Evaluation
Florida State Department of Education, Clearinghouse Information Center, Rm, 628 Turlington Bldg., 325 W. Gaines St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400. Tel: 850-488-1879; Fax: 850-487-2679; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.firn.edu/doe/commhouse.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services.
Identifiers - Location: Florida