The districts on the attached list have been selected to provide Program Effectiveness of Special Education Evaluation data for 1998-99. Attached are the data report forms for submitting this information. One-third of the districts in the state have been randomly selected to provide Program Effectiveness Evaluation data related to individualized education programs (IEPs) and one other area as defined below for 1998-99. This selection was based on size (ADM) and geographic location of the districts. These data are due at the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) before August 6, 1999. NOTE: If your district's name is not included on the attached list, your district is not required to submit this data.
There are four (4) essential areas of evaluation for program effectiveness: 1) Individualized Education Program, 2) Staff Development, 3) Assessment, and 4) Instruction and Related Services. Districts must evaluate IEP effectiveness annually and may choose any one of the three remaining areas each year until all have been assessed. The implementation of annual program evaluation is a requirement under federal regulations.
Enclosed with this memo are the data report forms for all four (4) areas for submitting the data. These are provided not only for reporting purposes, but also to enable the districts to select a model which will yield the data to be collected. The districts will only report IEP data and data from one other area. You will not report on all four (4) areas.
Completed report should be mailed to:
Arkansas Department of Education
Grants and Data Management
4 Capitol Mall, Room 105-C
Little Rock, AR 72201-1071