Special Education Opportunity Report….An Analysis That Leads to Action
You are the instructional experts. We know data. As partners, we can transform numbers into educational programs designed to deliver specific outcomes.
Improve Program Effectiveness
Minimize Due Process
Among the major findings was that the district had been over-identifying students with speech and language impairments. Simply identifying the problem led to a more consistent evaluation process supported by improved protocols and checklists.
School Innovations & Achievement has created a proven, winning formula for success by combining the knowledge and expertise from several fields—including education policy and funding, curriculum, administration, accounting, organizational efficiency, and finance.
School Districts Served
Million in Savings
Saved on Average Per Enrolled Student
This report is about you – not us.
- We typically include 25-30 findings
- All findings are paired with district specific recommendations
- We will widen our scope to include concerns specific to your district
We take your data and compare it against:
- Similar Districts
- State Benchmarks
- National Benchmarks
- Week 1 – Welcome Call/Data Collection
- Week 5 – District Interviews/Data Collection
- Week 9 – Presentation of Findings
- Week 12 – Final Report Delivery
- Referral and Exit Rates
- Least restrictive Environment
- EL Rates
- Speech & Language
- Suspension & Expulsion Rates
Your detailed action plan will tier our recommendations for you in manageable action items:
- Short Term (6 months)
- Mid Term (1 year)
- Long Term (2-3 Years)
Commitment to Success - Our Report Doesn't Sit On A Shelf
We will support your administration in implementing the reports sequenced plan of action through continued;
- Trend Analysis
- Goal Setting
- Policy Development
- Resource Development
- Contract received from district to SI&A
Welcome call with district, and data collection begins
District interviews and data collection continues
Web meeting presentation of findings and recs
Final report mailed to district
Short-term, mid-term, long-term
Our work in Special Education is well known throughout California.
Since fiscal year 2007-2008, SI&A has prepared over 100 Special Education Reports on behalf of school districts. The districts that we have partnered with range widely in size (our smallest client being under 100 enrollment and our largest being over 56,000) and range from rural districts in counties as far north as Humboldt as well as urban districts as far south as San Diego.
Our report is about you, not about us. We will follow the data to find what we need.
Oftentimes, other service providers only focus on a few content areas and provide boilerplate findings and recommendations. In order to get a complete picture of how to enhance your Special Education program, SI&A believes that a complete analysis of every fiscal and program aspect of your district—along with district specific recommendations, is required. The result is a comprehensive analysis packed with district specific information. Our reports generally contain 75-85 pages of content, charts and graphs that are unique to the district versus the 20-30 pages of content prepared by other service providers. We will follow the data to find what we need.
Your report is a roadmap.
Our report concludes with a detailed action plan that tiers our recommendations into short-term, mid-range and long-term implementation strategies.
We continue to partner with the district to implement district-specific goals and monitor progress along the way. Our role in this partnership is to offer the assistance necessary to support the administration in implementing the report’s sequenced plan of action. We will work closely with you to set benchmarks, monitor activities, and measure progress. Our efforts would entail data gathering, ongoing analysis, evaluation of progress, presentations, template development (for revised forms and procedures), research, and advice. While we assist with the technical aspects of implementation, you can focus on what you do best: developing programs, communicating with parents, supporting teachers, enhancing instruction, and ensuring that all related services are as responsive as possible.
We have an established process that helps us conduct a complete analysis while keeping costs down.
SI&A believes that ongoing conversations with key district and site staff are required to compile a complete report. Through on-site visits, phone calls and web-based meetings, we are able to strike a balance that allows us to conduct a thorough analysis without tacking on the extra costs of additional staff and on-site travel expenses. By scheduling meetings and focus groups ahead of time we are able to make the most of our district visit. Our report process usually lasts about 12 weeks, and SI&A is with you every step of the way.
Research & Latest Studies
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