Special Education Audit/Review 2018

PROGRESS & ACCOUNTABILITY UPDATES

AUDITS

Findings Report
At the May 21, 2018 Board of Education meeting, District 64 reported on the findings and recommendations for special education in 2018-19 prepared by Interim Director of Student Services Mike Padavic during his 100-day "expert-in-residence" work with District 64 beginning in mid-December 2017. 

Also at this meeting, Lisa Harrod of LMT Consulting reviewed an Executive Summary of her review/audit of the operations of the Student Services department, which was conducted in March-April 2018 with the goal of identifying areas of strength and opportunities for improvement going forward. The LMT report is based on information gathered from those who participated in this particular audit, and is not meant to represent the ideas and thoughts of all stakeholders.

These materials may be viewed here:

LMT Consulting Review
D64 entered into an agreement with Lisa Harrod of LMT Consulting to conduct the District 64 audit. "What resonated most about the LMT Consulting audit process is the ability for them to customize the components within the audit to meet our needs; the way in which they interview stakeholders; the survey process that allows stakeholders that cannot participate in focus groups to contribute their thoughts; and their understanding of the power of the co-teaching model as well as their inclusive classroom mindset," according to Superintendent Laurie Heinz and Interim Director of Student Services Mike Padavic. Read more about the audit here.

At the April 11, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Mrs. Lisa Harrod introduced herself and the three members of the LMT Consulting team conducting a review of District 64's Student Services Department, and provided details about the focus groups and school visits scheduled for April 11, 12 and 16, along with surveys of special education parents and staff. View the slide presentation here.

Active and in-depth participation of general as well as special education teachers; building and central office administration; parents/guardians; and Board members occurred as planned in April 2018.

Parent/guardian input was obtained through:

  • Interviews - Parent/guardians of students receiving special educaiton services in District 64 were invited to participate in in-person focus groups conducted on April 11 in the evening (in conjunction with the previously scheduled Special Education Parent Support Group meeting ), and during the days on April 12 and 16.
  • Online Survey - Further, all special education parents were invited to participate in an online survey to contribute thoughts on areas of strength and opportunities for improvement in District 64’s special education program. The survey questions were developed by the Parent-Educator Partnership group of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to help districts gather feedback from parents. Responses are anonymous and will be included in the special education audit review findings. The survey will remain open through Friday, April 20. 

Findings are included in the report materials.