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​Compliance Monitoring


In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Chapters 14 and 15 of the State Board Regulations, PDE provides general supervision over all public schools, school districts, and other public education agencies within the state to ensure that each student with a disability receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and that each family has the benefits of a system of procedural safeguards.

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Cyclical Monitoring

The Bureau of Special Education (BSE) monitors all school districts and charter schools in the state to ensure that they are complying with federal and state special education regulations and are improving performance outcomes of students with disabilities. All programs are monitored at least once over a six year cycle. Monitoring is conducted onsite by a team of trained personnel. Following the onsite monitoring, the BSE sends a report of findings to the school district or charter school. If noncompliance has been found, it must be corrected as soon as possible but no later than one year from the report. School districts and charter schools may also be required to engage in improvement planning to address substantive changes over time, e.g. improvement in graduation rates. Improvement plans may require more than one year from initiation to completion. The BSE works with the local program to ensure that resources are in place to assist the local education agency, and verifies completion of all corrective action and improvement plans.

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