ERIC Number: ED483757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Serving Exceptional Children. A Report to the Idaho Legislature, January 2004.
Idaho State Department of Education
This report provides information on 2002-2003 school year activities involving exceptional students. The term "exceptional students" refers to individuals with disabilities or gifts and talents who have unique needs that require specially designed instruction, administrative accommodations, or curriculum modifications in order to receive an education appropriate for their needs. School district programs for students with disabilities are provided in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, state law, and regulations. Programs for students who are gifted and talented are provided pursuant to Idaho Code Section 33-2001 and Section 33-2003, enacted in 1991 and amended in 1993. The establishment of state special education performance goals in 1998-99 is playing a pivotal role in serving students with disabilities. Performance goals provide direction in five key areas: (1) graduation and dropout rates; (2) participation in and performance on statewide assessments; (3) post-school outcomes; (4) suspension and expulsion rates; and (5) the quality of personnel serving students with disabilities With the establishment of performance goals and funding of a State Improvement Grant, the State Department of Education has taken critical steps to redefine priorities and to focus attention and resources on student results. It has also influenced changes in the focus of the Bureau's self-assessment and monitoring process used with school districts to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education. This year's report to the legislature includes a section titled "Results for Students with Disabilities," which provides statistical data related to performance goals. Appended are: (1) 2002-2003 State and Local Special Education Funding by District; (2) 2002-2003 Number of Students Served and Federal Special Education Allocations by District; (3) 2002-2003 LRE (least restrictive environment) Training and Personnel Expenditures by District; and (4) 2002-2003 Gifted/Talented Students and Expenditures by District. (Contains 10 tables and 5 figures.) [Report presented by Marilyn Howard.]
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise. Special Education Section.