The amount of time special education teachers are required to spend on paperwork is an ongoing concern in Arkansas and nationally. The ADE is committed to reviewing special education paperwork to reduce unnecessary items and duplication as much as possible, while maintaining accountability, procedural safeguards, and parental involvement.
Special Education Supervisors were surveyed in November 2015 about the impact of special education paperwork on their staff and students, and their input was solicited around possible solutions. The survey results overwhelmingly supported the urgency of addressing this issue. A task force representative of multiple stakeholder groups has been formed to convene around special education paperwork reduction. The first meeting was held on January 20, 2016 and a target date of June 2016 was established for the committee to make recommendations. This is an opportunity to positively impact policies and procedures in our state.
Key Task Force Activities:
Review initial LEA special education paperwork survey results including specific comments for streamlining
Identify additional stakeholder groups to be surveyed
Review AR special education paperwork required for specific events or conferences
Crosswalk AR required forms with federal and state regulatory requirements
Eliminate duplication and unnecessary items and forms
Identify opportunities to save time (drop downs, etc.)
Task Force Meeting Dates:
Jan 20, Feb 17, March 31, April 20, May 18, June 6