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California rolls out Special Education Monitoring System and collaborative workspace as critical next step towards demonstrating educational benefit to Special Education students

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Stepwell helps California Department of Education and school districts stay in compliance by collecting, analyzing, and reporting Special Education data Okemos, Mich; For Immediate Release – As the 2020-21 school year begins, the state of California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division now has a better way to manage and take action to support school […]

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How States Can Improve Their Support of Special Education Outcomes

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By Andrew Henry For the last several months, I have been arguing that Result-Driven Accountability holds the key to improving special education outcomes. In a series of posts, I’ve set forth a vision for how state education agencies (SEAs) can adopt a results-driven approach to special education compliance monitoring, leading to real improvement gains in […]

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How to Upgrade the Improvement Planning Process for Special Education

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By Andrew Henry In the world of special education compliance, state officials typically give local school systems a compliance rating that focuses on whether they did, or didn’t, meet certain indicators. For the most part, it’s up to each school district to independently develop and implement a plan that will improve their numbers by the following year. This […]

Reporting

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August 7, 2019 What is visibility into a system without great data collection and reporting? This summer, the Stepwell team has been improving both of the review processes within Stepwell that require reporting, and the “invisible” actions within Stepwell that produce data. We know that there are times when you need to work with districts […]

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Empowering Teams to Evaluate Special Education Results using Data

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By Andrew Henry The first post in this series focused on the overall need to make improvements to special education reporting by focusing on results rather than just compliance with federal requirements. Our opportunity in moving beyond mere data collection is to deliver more technical assistance and services to support students with disabilities, leading to improved learning gains. This […]

Workflow: Educational Benefit Review

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July 3, 2019 One of the most important workflows in  Stepwell’s site visit module is the Educational Benefit workflow. Stepwell provides site visit team members with a step-by-step process to document and evaluate whether selected students have received educational benefit from program participation and services over a three-year period. This workflow allows the team members […]