Pre-meeting Opportunities for Improving Special Education Services members

In order to better prepare the Improving Special Education Services (ISES) members to discuss needs or issues related to the discussion group topics at the upcoming meeting, the California Department of Education (CDE) provides the following information.

Executive Summary of the APR

A draft Annual Performance Report (APR) Executive Summary is available to ISES members highlighting the reported data and results. This draft Executive Summary and APR will be presented to the California State Board of Education and, upon their approval, be submitted to United States Department of Education (ED) by February 1, 2013. The ISES members received an email with the FTP site to obtain a copy.

The APR describes the State's progress or slippage in meeting the measurable and rigorous targets established in the State Performance Plan (SPP); and any revisions to the State's targets, improvement activities or resources in the SPP and justifications for the revisions.

Please note that reporting on Indicator 6, Preschool Least Restrictive Environment, has been reinstated by the ED. As a result, states are required to furnish information about their performance targets in the SPP/APR for FFY 2011. The CDE anticipated the changes several years ago and made adjustments to the data collection methodology at that time. While CDE does not have final reporting instructions from the ED, we would appreciate any discussion and input the ISES membership would like to contribute. The recommended performance targets are based on the 2011-12 baseline data.



6A. More than 40.9 % of the 3–5-year olds will be served in settings with typically developing peers.

6B. Less than 34.9 percent will be served in a separate special education class, separate school, or residential facility.


Discussion Group topics:

  1. Least Restrictive Environment

A Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) PowerPoint slideshow power point (1.4mb) is available that includes the following:

  • Updates of the recommendation from the June 2012 ISES LRE Discussion Group
  • A description of activities taken place since the June meeting
  • A review of state wide LRE trend data and a comparison of national and state data trends


  1. Transition to Adult Life

The ISES members interested in secondary transition issues were invited to join the Transition to Adult Life Discussion Group on November 27, 2012. The purpose of the teleconference was to review and discuss the current data for Indicator 13, Secondary Transition.

Pre-Meeting Tranisition PowerPointpower point (500kb)


  1. Disproportionality

The ISES members can review an overview document adobe pdf (172kb) | HTML that addresses the why and how of disproportionality and significant disproportionality as defined by the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Current data on disproportionality and significant disproportionality are presented.


  1. Results Driven Accountability

The goal of the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) discussion group is to build an understanding of RDA among participants, the reasons and impacts of this move by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and discuss needs in this area.

OSEP’s vision for the new RDA system is to assists states to increase state and local capacity to improve academic results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities.

A narrated PowerPoint <insert link> provides ISES members an overview of this OSEP effort. This will be foundational to the conversation at the next ISES meeting giving ISES members a more meaningful opportunity to discuss the needs in this area.

The OSEP has solicited input through surveys, teleconferences, conference presentations and from a small workgroup staffed by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). The report and recommendations are available at the NCEO Web site The OSEP continues to solicit input on the specific questions through its’ blog at ISES members are encouraged to read these documents and submit input.

Recommendations from prior discussion group meetings and other materials are available at the California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) Web site at CalSTAT is a special contracted project of the Special Education Division.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Jan Digmon, Special Education Consultant, Special Education Division, by telephone at 916-327-4217 or by e-mail at




Last updated: 06/08/2018



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California Department of Education, Special Education Division’s special project, California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) is funded through a contract with the Napa County Office of Education. CalSTAT is partially funded from federal funds, State Grants, #H027A080116A, provided from the U.S. Department of Education Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Additional federal funds are provided from a federal competitively awarded State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) to California, #H323A070019, provided from the U.S. Department of Education Part D of the IDEA. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U. S. Department of Education.