Part B Annual Performance Report for 2007-08 - New York State
February 2009

Overview of the Annual Performance Report Development:

See Overview of the Development of the Annual Performance Report (APR) in the Introduction section, page 1.

Monitoring Priority: FAPE in the LRE

Indicator 8:  Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.

(20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(A))

Measurement:
Percent = [(# of respondent parents who report schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities) divided by the (total # of respondent parents of children with disabilities)] times 100.

New York State’s (NYS) calculation:

NYS’ parent survey contains 25 questions.  All surveys returned with at least 15 of the 25 questions answered are the denominator for the calculation.  The numerator is the number of surveys with an overall positive parental involvement rating.  These are surveys in which parents indicated that they “agree”, “strongly agree” or “very strongly agree” with at least 51% of the questions.

NYS’ Statewide calculation will use a weighted average to control for the required minimum sample size response from every school district.  This is necessary because many school districts received a response that was well above the minimum sample size required; and in other school districts, the minimum response required was not achieved. In order to give each school district’s positive response rate a proportional weight relative to their sample size in the State’s average, the percent of positive responses was weighted by the sample size of each school district.  For example in one school district, with a minimum sample size of 53, 30 surveys were returned with at least 15 questions answered with 18 of the 30 questions answered positively.  This district’s weighting in the State’s average is 18/30*53 or 31.8 surveys with positive parental response.  As another example, in another school district with minimum sample size was 87, 172 surveys were returned with at least 15 questions answered with 148 of the 172 questions answered positively.  This district’s weighting in the State’s average is 148/172*87 or 74.8 surveys with positive parental response.  The weighting helps to achieve an equal contribution from every school district of their positive parental response rate.

Note: When NYS reports school district data on this indicator as part of the public reporting requirement, weightings will not be used.  A school district’s actual data will be displayed.

 

FFY

Measurable and Rigorous Target

FFY 2007
(School year 2007-08)

87.5 percent of parents with a child receiving special education services will report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.

Actual Target Data for FFY 2007:

86.9 percent of parents with a child receiving special education services reported that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.

During the 2007-08 school year, 114 school districts, including New York City (NYC) as a single district, conducted a parent survey.  The number of surveys returned was 8,617, with 8,333 surveys responding to at least 15 questions out of 25 questions on the survey. Of the surveys that responded to at least 15 questions, 7,512 surveys provided a positive response on at least 51 percent of the questions.  This represents an unweighted positive response rate of 90.1 percent and a weighted positive response rate of 86.8 percent.  NYS uses a weighted average to control for the required minimum sample size response from every school district.  This is necessary because many school districts received a response that was well above the minimum sample size required and, in other school districts, the minimum sample size required was not achieved. In order to give each school district’s positive response rate a proportional weight relative to their sample size in the State’s average, the percent of positive responses was weighted by the sample size of each school district.

The 114 school districts are representative of NYS. See the State Performance Plan (SPP) for a discussion of how NYS assigned all school districts in the State into six representative samples for the purposes of collecting data on this Indicator.  Each group of school districts is required to submit data on one indicator each year such that within six years, all school districts will have submitted data on all six indicators.  NYC is the only school district with a total enrollment of over 50,000 students and is required to submit data on every indicator every year.

See http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/spp/home.html for a schedule of the school years in which school districts must submit data on these indicators.  The State has also developed a schedule of the years in which selected school districts are required to re-submit data on some indicators to document improvement in compliance rates or to achieve a sufficient response rate for this Indicator.  The schedule of re-submissions is also posted at the same website as the schedule.

The parent survey that was used in the 2007-08 school year was the same as was used in the 2006-07 school year and is included in New York’s SPP. Each school district was required to over sample and send the survey to all the parents of preschool and school- age students with disabilities or to send the survey to ten times the required minimum sample size.  See the sampling calculator to determine the minimum sample size at http://eservices.nysed.gov/pdsystem/samplesizecalculator.jsp.

Discussion of Improvement Activities Completed and Explanation of Progress or Slippage that occurred for FFY 2007:

Explanation of Progress or Slippage

The Statewide weighted result of the survey in the 2007-08 school year was that 86.8 percent of parents reported that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.  This is essentially the same result (0.1 percentage point below) achieved in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years, which was 86.9 percent.  The State did not achieve its established target of 87.5 percent. However, the unweighted result in 2007-08 was 90.1 percent, which exceeds the established target.

More school districts achieved a sufficient response rate in 2007-08 (66 percent) compared to 46 percent in 2006-07.  In most cases, school districts that do not achieve a sufficient response rate in the year in which they are assigned to conduct this survey are required to conduct the survey again in the next school year.  This is to ensure there are valid results on this indicator from all school districts during the SPP time period.

Improvement Activities Completed in 2007-08

The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) met with representatives of New York's federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) to review new policy development and to discuss strategies by which PTIs and the State could work more collaboratively to improve results across the SPP indicators.

Revisions, with Justification, to Proposed Targets / Improvement Activities / Timelines / Resources for FFY 2007 [If applicable]

None.