Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Committee on Special Education Year In Review... aka, I Am A Machine

Add glasses and this is surprisingly accurate.
As I bask in the glory of summer, I remember that this year was not all Zumba classes, bike rides, wedding planning, and watching TLC. As you may remember, this year was totally nutty-- my Committee on Special Education (CSE) chairperson was out for 9 months receiving chemo and I spent the year working with a district representative (which was fantastic); I single-handedly underwent a state ed. review; attempted to run Positive Behavior Intervention Supports like Check-in, Check-out; and of course, dealt with every day chaos and crisis. I'd be a big fat liar if I said I'm not enjoying the time off, that's fo sho.

Before school ended, I sat down and totaled up all of the stats for the Committee on Special Education meetings I've done during '11-'12. The results were all together staggering, nauseating, tiring, and awe-inspiring. Here are some fun facts...
  • The meetings held for male vs. female students was 73 vs. 42. Our special education population at our building (and in the district) is disproportionately male and African American.
  • We held 30 initial CSE meetings. Many of these meetings were kiddos that were being referred for services due to severe behavioral problems, and the students were recommended for more restrictive settings where their needs could be met, such as a Special Class. Five of these initial referrals did not qualify for services. 
  • In a similar vein, we held 28 reevaluation meetings where a more restrictive setting was recommended. Many of these were for a Special Class, but others were a recommendation where a student moved from receiving only related services, like speech, to Integrated Co-Teaching services.
  • We held 21 reevaluation meetings where changes were made to programming (adding or removing a related service, etc) or as part of a three-year reevaluation, in accordance with legal mandates.
  • We declassified 8 students from special education services this year. One of them was due to chronic lack of attendance in school, thus not accessing special education services nor receiving appropriate instruction (he came to school four days all year).
  • Although I had three full days of CSE meetings in March (on top of helping teachers with the Annual Review process for their caseloads), the biggest volume of CSE meetings came late fall, during the state ed. review. In November and December, I had a total of four meetings days, but they covered 30 kiddos. I'm getting hives just remembering... ugh.
  • My building has a small population of preschoolers receiving special education services via the Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE). When they turn school age in kindergarten, we have to reevaluate their programs to see if they will transition into CSE services. We completed 4 CPSE to CSE reevaluations this year, two at the beginning of the year for '11-'12, and two at the end for '12-'13 (we got ahead of the game). 
  • We amended 24 students' IEPs, making minor changes that don't overly affect their service levels. These included changing goals, fixing/cleaning up parts of the Present Levels of Educational Performance (PLEP), altering time durations for programming, and adjusting program modifications and testing accommodations. 
So, for those playing at home, that brings my Committee on Special Education meetings for the 2011-2012 school year to a whopping 115.

I am psychologist. Hear me roar.

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  1. Do you only have 1 school? Gosh, I would love that. Currently I have 3 - a Mid-High (grades 7-12)and 2 elementaries (both with PK programs); I also supervise/lead the district-wide autism team. I, too, crunched my numbers at the end of the school year but not in as much detail as you did. My total evals (re-evals and initials) amongst all of my schools + autism team totaled 139. Luckily psychs in OK do not chair IEP mtgs - we are only required to attend Initial Referral/Consent; Initial Eligibility; Re-Eval Preps; and Re-Eval Mtgs though sit in on IEPs per request - so I don't know my IEP breakdown as specifically as you do. Job well done - give yourself a HUGE pat on the back. Enjoy your summer - I go back next week (7/18) since my district is on a continuous learning (year-round) calendar.

  2. Yeah, just one school for me, about 570 kiddos and a little over 100 receiving special education services. Typically psychs in my district have just one or two schools, but there are a few who cover high schools that have three. I can't believe how stretched you are! Do you have time to do non-IEP related duties, like PBIS, RTI, etc? You, too, deserve a big pat on the back, and keep your head up! :)


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