On June 4, 2019, Patricia Hozella, Interim Director of the PA Bureau of Special Education, released a memo titled Survey of Parents of Students with Disabilities. PA’ s State Performance Plan requirements under the IDEA include collecting and reporting data on the involvement of families in special education programs. Specifically, states must report annually to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the public on State Performance Plan Indicator 8 which is the: “percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.” About 1/5 of PA’s Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) will participate in this process. LEAs appearing on this year’s schedule for LEAs that will be part of the sample are: Albert Gallatin Area SD, Bentworth SD, Charleroi SD, The New Academy CS, Pittsburgh SD, Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh CS, Propel CS – Montour, Bethel Park SD, Clairton City SD, Elizabeth Forward SD, Gateway SD, Propel CS – Pitcairn, Hampton Township SD, Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania CS, Montour SD, Mt. Lebanon SD, Northgate SD, West Jefferson Hills SD, West Mifflin Area SD, Ellwood City Area SD, Neshannock Township SD, Farrell Area SD, Conneaut SD, Perseus House CS of Excellence, Harbor Creek SD, Union City Area SD, Redbank Valley SD, Oil City Area SD, Valley Grove SD, Derry Area SD, Greensburg Salem SD, Jeannette City SD, New Kensington-Arnold SD, Norwin SD, Penn-Trafford SD, Bedford Area SD, Altoona Area SD, Tyrone Area SD, Central Cambria SD, Conemaugh Valley SD, Northern Cambria SD, Penn Cambria SD, Shade-Central City SD, Somerset Area SD, Windber Area SD, Smethport Area SD, Austin Area SD, Centre Learning Community CS, State College Area SD, West Branch Area SD, Keystone Central SD, Forbes Road SD, Juniata Valley SD, Bermudian Springs SD, Conewago Valley SD, Upper Adams SD, Greencastle-Antrim SD, Red Lion Area SD, South Eastern SD, Spring Grove Area SD, Cocalico SD, Columbia Borough SD, La Academia Partnership CS, Cornwall-Lebanon SD, Eastern Lebanon County SD, I-LEAD CS, Schuylkill Valley SD, Big Spring SD, Cumberland Valley SD, Derry Township SD, Steelton-Highspire SD, Berwick Area SD, Danville Area SD, Mount Carmel Area SD, Mifflinburg Area SD, Canton Area SD, Wyalusing Area SD, Montoursville Area SD, Muncy SD, South Williamsport Area SD, Williamsport Area SD, Sullivan County SD, Crestwood SD, Wilkes-Barre Area SD, Abington Heights SD, Blue Ridge SD, Lackawanna Trail SD, Pocono Mountain SD, Allentown City SD, Catasauqua Area SD, Roberto Clemente CS, Salisbury Township SD, Whitehall-Coplay SD, Lincoln Leadership Academy CS, Seven Generations CS, Center for Student Learning CS at Pennsbury, Bristol Township SD, Central Bucks SD, New Hope-Solebury SD, Palisades SD, Quakertown Community SD, Cheltenham SD, Souderton CS Collaborative, North Penn SD, Perkiomen Valley SD, Pottsgrove SD, Pottstown SD, Chichester SD, Chester CS for the Arts, Radnor Township SD, Russell Byers CS, Wissahickon CS, Philadelphia Electrical and Technical CHS, Mastery CS – Clymer Elementary, Harambee Institute of Science and Technology CS, Preparatory CS of Mathematics, Science, Tech, and Careers, West Oak Lane CS, Math Civics and Sciences CS, Universal Vare CS, Philadelphia City SD, Mastery CS – Francis D. Pastorius Elementary, Memphis Street Academy CS at JP Jones, Franklin Towne CES, Universal Bluford CS, ASPIRA Bilingual Cyber CS, Tacony Academy CS, Beaver Area SD, Central Valley SD, Freedom Area SD, Pennsylvania Cyber CS, Western Beaver County SD, Purchase Line SD, Blue Mountain SD, Mahanoy Area SD, Gillingham CS, Pine Grove Area SD, Tamaqua Area SD
A letter that accompanies the survey assures parents that their responses will be confidential. Parents may direct questions about the survey to the Special Education ConsultLine at 800.879.2301. Should parents contact LEA personnel about the survey, LEA staff should encourage them to participate in the survey process. Questions regarding this process may be addressed to Barbara Mozina, Special Education Adviser, at email@example.com or 814.674.2648.