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W. Alan Coulter

For the first time since its announcement of Results Driven Accountability (RDA), the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has rated states for compliance with IDEA and student achievement. Now, district leaders are asking a key question: “How does RDA affect me, my work, and my schools?” The answer?

The focus is at the state level, but compliance with RDA requires district, school, and classroom perspective. Some states previously rated as meeting IDEA requirements are now judged by OSEP as needing assistance or intervention, designations that will require the states to take additional actions to improve outcomes.This added emphasis on achievement will impact many districts as states rethink their strategies and their capacity for supporting local districts. Join a nationwide audience as we discuss OSEP’s RDA from a local district’s perspective, raise issues, and discuss the implications for school administrators.

Presenter: Dr. Alan Coulter

Learning Outcomes
After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • State the purpose and processes of Results Driven Accountability as implemented by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs.
  • Describe the latest ratings of states by OSEP and the consequences for states based on their rating.
  • Summarize three key questions that target expected concerns by local school systems about RDA and programs in special education.

NOTE: Here is a link to the official announcement and related policy statements and changes to the law that was announced June 24: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-accountability-framework-raises-bar-state-special-education-programs

Time-ordered Agenda (90 minutes) *All times Eastern time
  • 1:00-1:05 pm Welcome; Topic relevance
  • 1:05- 1:20 pm Compliance-focused special education: A historical perspective
  • 1:20-1:35 pm The shift toward RDA (Results Driven Accountability) and what the impact is for special education
  • 1:35- 1:45 pm What states and districts are doing in response to RDA policy shift: case studies
  • 1:45- 2:00 pm Advice for special educators and school administrators - practical steps to manage the impact of RDA policies in view of three key questions
  • 2:00-2:25 pm Audience Q&A
  • 2:25-2:30 pm Summary and wrap up
Prepare for Impact: 3 Key Questions About RDA for Every SPED Administrator

Financial Disclosure:
Alan Coulter received a consulting fee from PresenceLearning, Inc. for his presentation for this webinar and receives a salary from Louisiana State University where he is Director for Education Initiatives for the Human Development Center at the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans.
Nonfinancial:
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

This webinar is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional related area)