Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/25/2013 - 7:30 PM
Category: Consent Agenda
Type: Action
Subject: 9.17 (Item #18) Approve Mt. Diablo Unified School District Significant Disproportionality Coordinating Early Intervening Services (SD-CEIS) Plan
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
Policy:
Enclosure: Revised MDUSD Equity and Disproportionality Plan (changes in red)
Revised MDUSD Equity and Disproportionality Plan Budget (changes in red)
File Attachment:
Revised MDUSD Equity and Disproportionality Plan Executive Summary (Final Draft).pdf
Sig Dis budget 2012-14.revised.pdf
Summary: The California Department of Education (CDE) has identified 50 local educational agencies (LEAs) as having significant disproportionality by race and ethnicity of students receiving special education services pursuant to the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since 2010, MDUSD has been identified as a Disproportionate district for the over-identification of African American students in Special Education and in July 2012, MDUSD was identified as Significantly Disproportionate in the over-identification of African Americans as Emotionally Disturbed (ED).

In the early stages of exploring this phenomenon MDUSD decided to pursue the issue of disproportionality in a broader context that would have a substantive impact on how the district does business in addressing the needs of all of its students and particularly those who were described as culturally different. This resulted in the creation of the Equity Advisory Team comprised of district and community stakeholders and the adoption of an equity agenda of which disproportionality was a part and Board policies were adopted for both equity and disproportionality in 2010 that ensured the district’s commitment to solving this problem.

The designation of Significantly Disproportionate requires MDUSD to broadly examine General Education systems to address the problem and to designate 15% of the existing Special Education budget allocation (approximately 1.1 million dollars) to address this area. In addition, MDUSD is required to develop a Significant Disproportionality –Coordinating Early Intervening Services (SD-CEIS) plan, implemented over the 2012-14 school years. The Plan creates the opportunity to provide culturally responsive academic and behavioral interventions and supports to general education students thus reducing the need, or being identified as needing, special education services, thus helping to reduce disproportionate representation in special education.

The SD-CEIS Plan outlines; Services and Supports Provided to ALL Students (general education), Professional Development, Use of Special Education Funds, and Program Evaluation. MDUSD’s proposed SD-CEIS plan is aligned to existing district initiatives and was based on a three pronged approach to guide its analysis to identify root causes in order to address equity and disproportionality; analysis of disaggregated data , Self-Assessment of needs using the CREATE Wisconsin Annotated Checklist for Addressing Racial Disproportionality in Special Education and (3) a file audit review of African American students identified as eligible for special education under the criteria of Emotionally disturbed (ED).

The proposed SD-CEIS Plan has identified three focus areas; Response to Intervention, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Culturally Responsive School Environments to address disproportionality in MDUSD. The 15% IDEA funds will support professional development for certificated and classified staff, coaching for classroom teachers on PBIS strategies district-wide, support classes and counseling for students with severe behavior issues, and staff to support the plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation to targeted schools. Annually the CDE will review district data to determine disproportionality. MDUSD will have until June 2014 to implement the SD-CEIS Plan.
Funding: 15% of existing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding from object codes 3310, 3315 and 3320 must be reallocated to support implementation of the SD-CEIS Plan. The 15% equals $1,085,546.
Fiscal Impact The SD-CEIS Plan is for $1,085,546. There is no unrestricted general fund contribution requirement. 15% of IDEA funding from object codes 3310, 3315 and 3320 must be reallocated to support implementation of the SD-CEIS Plan.
Recommendation: Approve submission of the plan.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Stephanie Roberts - Director of Development
Signed By:
Rose Lock - Assistant Superintendent of Middle
Signed By:
Kerri Mills - Assistant Superintendent
Signed By:
Bryan Richards - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Steven Lawrence - Superintendent