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Monitoring the Implementation of IDEA: Proceedings of the National Monitoring Conference (6th, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2002).

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This document presents the proceedings of the sixth National Monitoring Conference concerned with implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Introductory material describes the purpose and background of the document and the federal monitoring of states, including the Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process (CIMP) and focused monitoring. An overview of the conference is followed by session summaries. Plenary sessions considered: "Improved Outcomes through Collaborative Monitoring" (Barbara Schliesser and others) and "What If Nothing Works? Are There Practical Sanctions To Ensure IDEA Supplementation?" (W. Alan Coulter and others). Plenary sessions by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) examined lessons learned from CIMP monitoring and a novel approach to focused monitoring. Seventeen breakout sessions addressed such topics as quality assurance information systems; state and school level steering committees; Utah's special education monitoring process; making functional sense of Web-based data; monitoring of municipalities and providers of early intervention; the North Carolina CIMP; Florida's early intervention program; using data analysis to enhance the monitoring process; and the Kansas CIMP. A post-conference OSEP plenary session was titled: "OSEP Monitoring: Continuous, Results-Oriented and Focused." (Contains 11 references.) (DB)

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Author:Tschantz, Jennifer
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Conference news
Date:Feb 1, 2002
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