PDE: 2022-23 Special Education Compliance Monitoring Trainings Due by Sept. 9th (July 26, 2022)

On July 25, 2022, BSE Director Carole L. Clancy, Director sent a PennLink titled  2022-23 Special Education Compliance Monitoring Schedule to all local educational agencies (LEAs). The memo states that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has the responsibility to ensure that all LEAs providing services, whether directly or by contractual arrangements, administer special education services and programs that are compliant with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. To fulfill this responsibility, PDE has established administrative procedures for monitoring program implementation, including evaluating the appropriateness, effectiveness, and accountability of special education services and programs.

PDE has developed the schedule for compliance monitoring for the 2022-23 school year in which 91 school districts and charter schools of varying size across the commonwealth will be monitored. The list of selected LEAs is included at the end of this Penn Link. Additional monitoring reviews, if deemed appropriate, may be designated as the school year progresses.

For the 2022-23 school year, the Cyclical Monitoring for Continuous Improvement (CMCI) process continues to be a combination of virtual and onsite components. Verification activities include digital and onsite review of student documents; studies of service delivery; and analysis of policies, procedures, and outcomes. This hybrid CMCI process will include:

  • Virtual Components – Facilitated Self-Assessment submitted by the LEA, and verification of the information reported in the Facilitated Self-Assessment; Administrative and Exit Interviews; and Parent and Teacher Interviews.
  • On-Site Components – Student Sample File Review and Classroom Observations.

Training for this monitoring process is designed as a series of web-based training modules. These modules will be available on the PaTTAN website and Leader Services website in late July. Relevant LEA personnel must complete the trainings and report date of completion to the chairperson by September 9, 2022.

These training modules review the current monitoring process; Facilitated Self-Assessment submission; documents to be submitted; managing web-based documentation; and provide additional resources to assist LEA personnel to prepare for the monitoring process. District superintendents, charter school chief executive officers, special education directors, and additional appropriate personnel at LEAs who will be monitored, will benefit from completing these training modules to familiarize themselves with the monitoring process.

The Chairperson assigned to each monitoring will contact the LEA for follow up. Should you have any questions regarding the 2022-23 monitoring schedule, please contact Kelli Franklin at [email protected].