It is a story that has become altogether too familiar in the past year: special education students, teachers, parents and service providers facing the day to day challenges posed by the coronavirus and remote learning. Everyone feels farther behind and less connected. Students are less prepared for life after graduation. In an environment that is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Andrew Henry Like many others in special education, I have argued that the move from monitoring for compliance to improving quality for results is the only thing likely to improve special education outcomes. I have described how states and school systems can empower teams to evaluate the quality of special education programs using data. […]
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 […]
This podcast episode features Andrew Henry and Dr. Jacque Thompson discussing data evaluation in special education.
This podcast episode features Andrew Henry and Beth Steenwyk discussing root cause analysis in special education.
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 […]
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 […]