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Monitoring.

(1) The OSPI monitors school districts' special education programs to:
(a) Improve educational results and functional outcomes for all students eligible for special education;
(b) Ensure that school districts meet the program requirements under Part B of the act with a particular emphasis on those requirements that are most closely related to improving educational results for students eligible for special education;
(c) Determine the school district's compliance with this chapter, chapter 28A.155 RCW, and federal regulations implementing 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1400, et seq.;
(d) Validate information included in school district requests for federal funds; and
(e) Measure and report school district performance on relative targets and priorities from federally approved state performance plans.
(2) Procedures for monitoring school districts and other public agencies may include any or all of the following:
(a) Collection, review, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and other information;
(b) Conduct of on-site visits;
(c) Review and analysis of such quantifiable and qualitative data and indicators as are needed to measure performance in the following areas:
(i) Provision of a FAPE in the least restrictive environment;
(ii) State exercise of general supervision, including child find, effective monitoring, and the use of resolution meetings, mediation, and a system of transition services; and
(iii) Disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education and related services to the extent the representation is the result of inappropriate identification.
(3) As part of the monitoring process, a notification of identified noncompliance shall be issued to the school district. This notification will initiate a process of corrections, verification, and validation to ensure that the noncompliance is corrected as soon as possible, but no later than one year from the identification of noncompliance. If noncompliance is systemic in nature, a systemic corrective action plan is required.
(4) If the school district does not timely address compliance with corrective actions, the OSPI shall institute procedures to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal rules and priorities and targets from the state performance plan. Such procedures may include one or more of the following:
(a) Verification visits by the OSPI staff, or its designee, to:
(i) Determine whether the school district is taking the required corrective action(s); and/or
(ii) Provide any necessary technical assistance to the school district or other public agency in its efforts to comply.
(b) Withhold, in whole or part, a specified amount of state and/or federal special education funds, to address noncompliance.
(c) Request assistance from the state auditor's office.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090 and 34 C.F.R. Part 300. WSR 13-20-034, § 392-172A-07010, filed 9/24/13, effective 10/25/13; WSR 09-20-053, § 392-172A-07010, filed 10/1/09, effective 11/1/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090(7) and 42 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq. WSR 07-14-078, § 392-172A-07010, filed 6/29/07, effective 7/30/07.]
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