ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue2 - Page 36

DESE SAYS PERFECT! Six year s ago, t h e Depar t m en t of Elem en t ar y an d Secon dar y Edu cat ion com plet ed a Coor din at ed Pr ogr am Review of ou r EL, Civil Righ t s, an d Special Edu cat ion pr ogr am s. Special Edu cat ion h as t h e m ost ar eas t o coor din at e, w it h appr oxim at ely 60 f or m al Feder al an d St at e r egu lat ion s, all of w h ich h ave n u m er ou s su b-st eps; an d 13 Feder al com plian ce ar eas, all of w h ich r equ ir e on goin g dat a collect ion . Af t er t h e last r eview , w e h ad 26 ar eas t h at w er e con sider ed t o be on ly par t ially im plem en t ed. Over t h e n ext t h r ee year s, An dover com pleed n u m er ou s cor r ect ive act ion s an d at t h e m id poin t (3 year s) w e w er e in com plian ce (2017). At t h e st ar t of t h is 6-year cycle, w e com plet ed a six-m on t h self -assessm en t t h at r equ ir ed on goin g dat a collect ion an d u ploadin g of eviden ce t o DESE. Ou r self -assessm en t w as so w ell design ed t h at DESE placed u s in t h e t op t ier f or r eview. Th is w as t h e r esu lt of an in cr edible am ou n t of w or k on t h e par t of ou r ETFs, pr ogr am dir ect or s, an d ot h er st af f . DESE com plet ed a t w o-day sit e visit t h is Decem ber , an d In addit ion t o t h r ee Feder al in dicat or s, t h ey r eview ed 33 ot h er st at e an d Feder al com plian ce ar eas, as w ell as a n u m ber of ar eas t h at w er e cit ed in t h e last r eview. As a t eam , w e h ave t ak en a deep dive in t o ou r pr ocesses, pr ocedu r es, an d pr ogr am s. " We are pl eased to report th at our compl i ance rev i ew w as at 100%!"