Special Education

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.

Data Source:

New York State (NYS) uses a modified version of the survey developed by the National Center for Special Education Accountability Measures.  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 percent of the questions.

NYS’ calculation:

NYS' statewide calculation 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 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. 

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

 

Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) Measurable and Rigorous Target
FFY 2012
(2012-13 school year)
90 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 2012:

In the 2012-13 school year, 92.4 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 2012-13 school year, 113 school districts, including New York City (NYC) as a single district, were assigned to conduct a parent survey.  Eighty-six (86) school districts achieved a minimum response rate, while 27 school districts did not.  The State will review the data from the 27 school districts and may reassign these school districts to conduct the survey again in a subsequent school year to improve their response rates and ensure that results are valid for this indicator.  The total number of surveys returned was 8,953.  Of these surveys, 8,878 contained responses to at least 15 questions out of the 25 questions on the survey and were included in the denominator.  Of the surveys included in the denominator, 8,206 received a positive parental response on at least 51 percent of the questions answered.  This represents an unweighted positive response rate of 92.4 percent and a weighted positive response rate of 92.2 percent.

The 113 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 of the six sampling indicators each year.  At the end of six years, all school districts will have submitted data on all six indicators.  NYC is required to submit data on every indicator every year, as it is the only school district in the State with a total enrollment of over 50,000 students.

See http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sedcar/sppschedule.html for a schedule of the school years in which districts must submit data on these indicators and for a schedule of the school years in which some school districts are required to resubmit data in order to achieve a sufficient response rate for an indicator.

The parent survey that was used in the 2012-13 school year was the same as was used in the previous school years and is included in New York’s SPP.  Each school district was required to over-sample by sending the survey to all the parents of preschool and school-age students with disabilities or by sending the survey to ten times the required minimum sample size.  The sampling calculator used to determine minimum sample sizes is available at http://eservices.nysed.gov/pdsystem/samplesizecalculator.jsp.

Discussion of Improvement Activities Completed and Explanation of Progress or Slippage that occurred for FFY 2012:

The State met its target for this indicator and is not required to report on improvement activities or discuss progress or slippage. 

Revisions, with Justification, to Proposed Targets / Improvement Activities / Timelines / Resources for FFY 2013 [If applicable]

None

Last Updated: February 6, 2014