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Improving the Special Education System in California
A State Improvement Grants Program, CFDA 84.323A

In 2004, California received its second State Improvement Grant (SIG2), a three- year award from the federal Office of Special Education Projects (OSEP). The intended outcomes of this grant are:

  1. Improved quality of personnel working with students with disabilities
  2. Improved educational service coordination for students with disabilities
  3. Improved academic outcomes for students with disabilities
  4. Improved behavioral supports and outcomes for students with disabilities
  5. Improved participation of parents/family members of students with disabilities
  6. Improved data collection and data dissemination

To achieve these outcomes, SIG2 includes the following activities that were selected based on OSEP requirements for: 1) their contribution to important and quantifiable systemic change, 2) their strong foundation in research and effective practice, and 3) their capacity to be "scaled up" to meet the needs of California's large and diverse population:

To evaluate the effectiveness of the activities in achieving the intended outcomes, specific objectives have been developed to serve as measurable indicators of progress in each outcome area. These objectives were written in alignment with the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) standards.

Outcome 1: Improved Quality of Personnel Working with Students with Disabilities

Objective 1. To increase the quality of personnel through the provision of core message, research-based, in-service professional development through technical assistance (TA) and regional institutes, as demonstrated by:

Outcome 2: Improved Educational Service Coordination for Students with Disabilities

Objective 2. To improve collaboration between special education (SE) and general education (GE) by:

Outcome 3: Improved Academic Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Objective 3. To increase the academic performance of students with disabilities, as demonstrated by:

Outcome 4: Improved Behavioral Supports and Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Objective 4. To improve behavior supports and outcomes for students with disabilities, as demonstrated by:

Outcome 5: Improved Participation of Parents/Family Members of Students with Disabilities

Objective 5. To increase the participation of parents/family members of children with disabilities in the systems change process by:

Outcome 6: Improved Data Collection/Use of Data in Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities

Objective 6. To improve data collection and the use of data by local educational agencies in identifying and addressing the need for T/TA to support the continuous improvement of outcomes for students with disabilities by:

 


IDEAS that Work!

Project READ is a California Department of Education, Special Education Division project funded through a federal competitively-awarded State Personnel Development Grant to California (#H323A120019) provided from the U.S. Department of Education Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education act (IDEA), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.