The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is required by the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to make determinations for disproportionality and provide for a review of the policies, procedures and practices to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Act. Disproportionality is a comprehensive construct that requires determinations in several different categories.
The State must determine if districts have disproportionality and provide a review of policies, procedures, and practices that contributed to the disproportionality. In an effort to conduct a review of policies, procedures, and practices, the State administers a Self-Assessment Monitoring Protocol to districts and requires the districts to convene a team of stakeholders to complete the Self-Assessment. To effectively begin the review, each district must identify appropriate stakeholders such as regular and special educators representing administration, professional learning, parents, curriculum and instruction, school psychology, student support services, and school improvement.
The monitoring process is a focused review of a district’s policies, procedures and practices that most closely relate to the specific areas of disproportionality. This review has six Focus Areas: I. School-wide Approaches and Prereferral Interventions, II. Child Find Procedures, III. Evaluation Procedures, IV. Eligibility Determination, V. Least Restrictive Environments (LRE) and VI. Discipline Procedures.
Disproportionallity Self-Assessment Monitoring Protocol FY14