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Progress Report: State's Testing Participation Goal Unmet in Fast-Growing Exceptional Education Program, Report No. 99-19, December 1999
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  • Florida's exceptional student education (ESE) population continues to grow faster than the student population of basic education programs. From 1996-97 to 1998-99 the ESE population grew 14% while the basic student population grew only 2%.
  • The Legislature has made several changes affecting the ESE program.
  • It changed the way that school districts receive funding for exceptional student programs.
  • In order to provide greater accountability for the department’s use of resources, it set measures for student performance on statewide assessments such as Florida Writes! and the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT), and it required the department to report the performance of ESE students on these tests.
  • However, the state did not meet its goal for including 85% of students with disabilities on statewide tests. While the FCAT and Florida Writes! are not appropriate for all students with disabilities, the department should strengthen its assistance to school districts to increase the number of students who do participate.
  • The department continues to provide technical assistance and monitoring of ESE eligibility determinations, student placement and districts’ implementation of the new ESE funding mechanism.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 96-83 Review of the Exceptional Student Education Program Administered by the Department of Education, published in April 1997.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Exceptional Student Education Programs
At-Risk Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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.
  • Report No. 98-38 Follow-up Review of Early Education and Child Care Programs, published in January 1999.
  • Report No. 98-28 Review of Education Services in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities, published in December 1998.
  • Report No. 98-19 Best Financial Management Practice Review Manatee County School District, published in October 1998.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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