NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED533940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Focused Monitoring. Alliance Action Information Sheets
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
During this era of increased accountability and enhanced educational expectations for infants, toddlers and students with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is using a new compliance and technical assistance model- focused monitoring. Focused monitoring is part of the Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System (CIFMS). CIFMS is designed to be both a performance measurement and a compliance tool to ensure that states are effectively implementing requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is one component of a four-part accountability strategy being used by OSEP. According to the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring, focused monitoring involves the selection of a limited number of priority performance areas, accompanied by a limited number of indicators (objective measure of a goal), benchmarks (expectation of performance) and triggers (level at which OSEP intervention occurs). Priority areas are based upon an analysis of information contained in the Annual Performance Report that states are required to submit to OSEP. If fully implemented, priority areas would make a significant difference in the lives of infants, toddlers and students with disabilities. This paper describes how how parents and advocates can use the information gained from focused monitoring. A bibliography is included.
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers. Available from: PACER Center. 8161 Normandale Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55437. Tel: 888-248-0822; Tel: 952-838-9000; Fax: 952-838-0199; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act