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Steps Taken to Implement the Exceptional Student Education Funding Matrix, But More Monitoring Needed, Report No. 08-24, April 2008
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  • The Department of Education has taken steps recommended in our 2003 report to provide additional training to district-level Exceptional Student Education directors on proper implementation of the program’s funding matrix.  The department has also taken steps to improve its documentation and data reporting requirements.
  • However, the department has not fully implemented our recommendation to create a stronger accountability system for the funding matrix.  For example, while the department has made changes to its matrix review form, it has not changed its monitoring process.  A stronger monitoring process is important because 31% of the matrix documents reviewed by the department contained errors and in 95% of these cases the districts were required to repay funds to the state.  We continue to recommend that the department strengthen its accountability system by more systematically reviewing district classifications of children for exceptional student services. 

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 03-40 Special Report: Exceptional Student Education Population Grows Dramatically; More Accountability and Better Training Needed to Implement Funding Matrix, published in July 2003.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Exceptional Student Education

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-08 Students with Developmental Disabilities Have Limited Postsecondary Options; A New Institution Would Expand Choices but Require Additional State Funding,published in February 2011.
  • Report No. 08-44 Early Steps Has Revised Reimbursement Rates But Needs to Assess Impact of Expanded Outreach on Child Participation, published in July 2008.

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