An Evaluation of Services for Students with Disabilities and other Special Populations
Providing services that are of utmost quality for students with disabilities and other special populations is a desired yet challenging task for educational leaders. The relatively recent mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act and the increased focus on accessing the common core curriculum standards, and the continued gaps in achievement for these student groups has significantly increased interests from districts in evaluating the status of services within the context of best practices and with a focus on continuous improvement.
Stetson and Associates, Inc. has a comprehensive process for program evaluation that can, in fact, assists districts in determining the quality of the current practices, the factors that are impacting the quality of services and the actions and activities that are necessary for continuous improvement. We have applied this process in districts of all sizes throughout the United States.
This comprehensive process involves gathering information from a variety of stakeholders using multiple methodologies, analyzing such rich data, and publishing a written report that contains the major findings and recommendations with a focus on continuous improvement. More specifically, our evaluation design includes:
- Meeting with district leadership to set the goals of the evaluation and guiding questions.
- Preparing data collection instruments that are customized for the district such as faculty surveys, classroom observation tools, and interview questions.
- Conducting a survey of all faculty relative to the services for students to determine faculty level of agreement with various aspects of services. Survey will be analyzed by faculty position, school, and level(elementary, middle, and high schools).
- Conducting structured classroom observations in randomly selected schools. for the purpose of gathering information regarding instructional practices.
- Conducting focus group meetings of stakeholders to gain the perspective of these individuals regarding the factors impacting the quality of services for students
- Analyzing district data that includes student enrollment, performance, class size, caseloads, work responsibilities etc.
- Reviewing staffing sufficiency, efficiency, and appropriate use of staff.
- Conducting a comparable district study in the areas of staffing, student performance, budget, and graduation if requested.
- Synthesizing all of the information that will result in a comprehensive report of findings and recommendations. Presenting the report to district leadership.
Let us support your district efforts in improving the quality of services for students with disabilities and/or students from other special populations by providing a comprehensive, objective, data-based program evaluation that is unique to your district needs and that will promote continuous improvements for these learners.