#DIW Episode 1 – #IDEA Requirements and Results-Driven Accountability

Day in Washington Episode 1 – IDEA Requirements and Results-Driven Accountability. This Disability Policy Video-cast will explore and discuss subjects of interest to the disability community. Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability, spotlight specific bills or regulations and/or a disability-related news article.

This episode highlights the U.S. Department of Education’s change in IDEA requirements from a compliance focus to an emphasis on outcomes referred to as Results-Driven Accountability. Please comment and subscribe to see new videos and disability news!

The main video is posted as a part of the Lead On Update but I hope to repost here and include my original text/transcript in the comments. Thanks for watching!

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  1. August 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

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    Hello and welcome to the new Day in Washington. This new Day in Washington Disability Policy Blogcast follows along the lines of the original podcast, albeit in a new format. However, not much has changed and we will continue to explore and discuss subjects of interest to the disability community. Each episode will cover a specific issue within disability, spotlight specific bills or regulations and/or a disability-related news article. I’m your host, Day Al-Mohamed working to make sure you stay informed.

    Today’s episode is focused on Education and in particular a recent change in focus from the U.S. Department of Education. Just this month, the Department announced that it was “rethinking the way it determines success” when it comes to educating the 6.5 million students with disabilities in public schools. I used air quotes because they aren’t thinking, they are doing. This is a change that has already been thought about and will now be demanded of school systems across the country. This new change is in how schools will measure “success” for students with disabilities and the emphasis is on outcomes – the specific term they’re using is Results-Driven Accountability.

    Secretary Duncan spoke about this new framework.

    *Secretary Duncan Clip beginning with “Today… “

    You see, until now, the Department’s primary focus was to determine whether states were meeting procedural requirements such as the quality and timely collection of data, timelines for evaluations, due process hearings and so on and so forth. Technical requirements, compliance requirements.

    But these requirements haven’t really reflected how students with disabilities are actually doing. Looking at the National Assessment of Education al Progress (NAEP) reporting, less than 10 percent eighth graders with disabilities are scoring as proficient in reading. 10%.

    Now, I’ve already seen comments from folks asking about students with the most significant disabilities. However, according to the National Center for Learning disabilities, more than 80% of students in Special Education do not have a cognitive impairment that would prevent them from learning at the same level as their peers.

    Under the older “compliance measures” 38 states met IDEA requirements. Remember that 10%. Here is the difference between looking at compliance and looking at outcomes. And as you can see, under the newer “outcome measures” which looks at things like participation in state assessments, proficiency gaps and performance in reading and math on the NAEP tests, only 18 states meet IDEA requirements.

    So, a little more from Secretary Duncan and his new Results Driven Outcomes.

    *Secretary Duncan Clip beginning with “RDA is…”

    Secretary Duncan is right about expectations. Research has shown that students with disabilities, when provided the right kind of instruction, supports and accommodations, they can indeed perform at the same level as their peers. We know that, this is a great step in the right direction to make sure there is a concrete way to measure student outcomes. To know that we’re impacting student achievement.

    However, just like students, schools need the right kind of supports to be successful. Let me go back to that number of only 10% of 8th graders with disabilities reading at grade level. That isn’t something that will change overnight with or without new measurements.
    The Department of Education has committed $50 million dollars over the next 5 years to help states meet these new IDEA requirements. To be frank this really is very big change and the next few years, will likely be difficult. Moving forward, it will be important to examine, not just the results of measuring outcomes, but what can actually be done to support schools and to support students with disabilities. That is the only way we will see equal opportunity, increased learning, and greater success.

    This is Day Al-Mohamed with Day in Washington, hoping you will continue to be well and be informed.

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