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 6:  Percent of preschool children with individualized education programs (IEPs) who received special education and related services in settings with typically developing peers (i.e., early childhood settings, home, and part-time early childhood/part-time early childhood special education settings).

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

Percent = [(# of preschool children with IEPs who received special education services in settings with typically developing peers) divided by the (total # of preschool children with IEPs)] times 100.



Measurable and Rigorous Target

FFY 2007
(School Year 2007-08)

New York State (NYS) will need to set new targets based on changes that are being made in the federal measure for this indicator.

Actual Target Data for FFY 2007:

Not applicable.

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

Improvement Activities Completed in 2007-08

  1. In 2007-08, Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDCs) developed and conducted training for families and professionals on the least restrictive environment (LRE), the continuum of service options for preschoolers with disabilities and the benefits of inclusive education.  ECDCs provided information and technical assistance to local Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and professionals providing care for typically developing preschoolers and preschoolers with disabilities in early childhood settings.
  2. All initial preschool applications and preschool modifications requesting changes in an already approved program (adding one or more classes, decreasing instructional hours of full-day program, change in class ratio, or adding bilingual language) were required to include an assessment of regional need for separate setting preschool programs before approval could be granted.  The number of preschool modification applications logged in the preschool tracking log as “received” between September 2007 and December 2008 was 238.  The number of preschool initial applications logged in the preschool tracking log as “received” during this same time period was 83.
  3. In 2007-08, the NYS Board of Regents policy paper on early childhood education included a recommendation for the expansion of universal pre-kindergarten programs and increased collaborative early education and preschool special education programs.
  4. During 2007-08, the Governor's Temporary Task Force on Preschool Special Education, which was co-chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), submitted its report to the legislature.  The report included recommendations to increase integrated opportunities and develop consistent early education learning standards for preschool students with disabilities.
  5. In 2007-08, an action plan for collaboration with the State Education Department’s (SED) Team of Early Education and Reading Initiatives (EERI) was prepared in consultation with internal and external stakeholders. The plan was designed to expand integrated universal pre-kindergarten and other early education programs (including Head Start and day care settings).  Related activities that were implemented included planned presentations and conference calls with school districts and preschool special education providers.
  6. In 2007-08, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Children and Families, representing Head Start programs, to support collaborations and maximize the availability of integrated services.

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

Not applicable. Reporting on this indicator is not required for the FFY 2007 APR due February 1, 2009. This is because changes were made recently by the United Stated Education Department (USED) in the 618 State-reported data collection requirements, affecting the data gathered for FFY 2007.