Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) (§300.226)
CEIS are provided to assist students in K – 12th grades (with a particular emphasis on students in K – 3rd grades) who are not currently identified as needing special education or related services, but who need additional academic and/or behavioral assistance to enable them to be successful in a general education environment. In 2004, Congress authorized the use of a limited amount of a district's federal Individualized Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds to be used for the purpose of providing CEIS to reduce academic and behavioral problems in the general education environment, thereby leading to fewer and more appropriate referrals for special education services.
IDEA permits, and in some instances, requires school districts to use a portion of funds provided under Part B of the IDEA for the purpose of CEIS. Federal regulations specify (1) how and on whom CEIS funds may be spent; (2) the reporting requirements for school districts providing CEIS; (3) the requirement for using CEIS funds by a district that is identified as having significant disproportionality; and (4) the relationship of CEIS to maintenance of effort requirements.
Any district may opt to use up to, but not exceeding, 15 percent of the total amount of its 611 and 619 Part B IDEA funds for CEIS. However, whenever a district is determined by the State, based on the district’s numerical data, to have significant disproportionality in the identification, placement and/or discipline of children with disabilities, the district must use the maximum amount of 15 percent for CEIS to help address issues of disproportionality. CEIS must be provided to students particularly, but not exclusively, in those race/ethnic groups that were significantly impacted. To apply to use IDEA funds for CEIS, the district must describe how the proposed expenditures for CEIS will be used. The plan must be relevant in assisting the district to address the targeted area of disproportionality.