Special Education Tuition and Board Report (EF-S-07) Instructions

Due: Sept. 16, 2013

The official 2012-13 Special Education Tuition & Board Report (EF-S-07) for each School Administrative Unit (SAU) is now available through the Maine Education Data Management System (MEDMS). The report automatically provides a list of the children with disabilities who were approved for an out-of-district placement at a private school during the 2012-13 school year. However, some students may not be listed and will have to be added through the “Add” feature – such as those children with disabilities who were in an out-of-district placement for the following situations:

  • The student’s placement was approved prior to 2012-13 but the student continued in the placement in 2012-13, or
  • Those students in a public school day program or a public regional/private day program.

If this report is not submitted by Sept. 16, 2013, it will be assumed that the information in the EF-S-07 is correct. 2014-15 EPS Special Education allocation calculations will be based on the amounts indicated (zero, if no amounts have been entered) and will impact 2014-15 state subsidy for your SAU.

Instructions

Step 1. Compile a list of students.

Please compile a list of your SAU’s children with disabilities who were in an out-of-district placement for the 2012-13 school year for which your SAU paid for special education services such as tuition and board.  The list should include the following required information:

  • MEDMS student ID number
  • Complete student name
  • Student’s Date of Birth
  • Name of school that the student has been placed
  • 2012-2013 special education tuition and board costs for these students and whether these costs were paid with local funds or other funds (if using other funds, you will need to know the source of funding).

State Wards and State Agency Clients – do not include those students that are State Wards/State Agency Clients whose special education costs were paid by the Maine Department of Education. If a State Ward/State Agency Client whose special education costs were paid 100 percent by the Department of Education appears in the report, please leave the amount blank or enter zero.

We recommend that you have all the above information before you start entering this information into the EF-S-07.

There is a session time limit set on the EF-S-07 for security purposes. If you have not entered data or saved data for 20 minutes, the session will time-out and you will need to log-in again. Once data is submitted successfully it will remain in the report and can be changed (except for the MEDMS ID) using the “Update” feature.

Step 2. Go to the MEDMS homepage and log-in.

Personnel with the role of “Special Education” may access this form in MEDMS (your local SAU MEDMS Administrator can update your current MEDMS role to include “Special Education”). You may access the form going to the MEDMS home page: http://www.maine.gov/education/medms/homepage.htm

Click on “MEDMS Log-In,” and type in Username and Password (if you are responsible for more than one SAU, the username will be different for each SAU. Once you have logged-in as a particular SAU, you will only be able to view the form for that SAU).

Note: AOS Units must report by each member entity.

Step 3. “Update” Feature – update existing student data.


Under “Application,” select “EF-S-07,” then click “Go.”

Under “Action,” select “Update,” then click “Go.”

The “Resident” SAU must enter the special education expenditure data into the EF-S-07.

  1. Do not report “regular” education expenditures in this report.  
  2. If the correct name of the school or program is not indicated under “Name of School”, please click on dropdown arrow and select school/program
  3. If the student is placed in an out-of-state school please select “Non-Maine School.”
  4. If a student is only listed once but was placed in more than one school in 2012-13, the second placement must be added using the “Add” feature (see instructions in step 4).

Please enter special education expenditures such as tuition and board in the appropriate columns:

  • Local Funds – Elementary (Pre-K-8th grade)
  • Local Funds – Secondary (Grades 9-12)
  • Other Funds – Elementary (Pre-K-8th grade)
  • Other Funds – Secondary (Grades 9-12)

If expenditures are indicated in the “Other Funds” columns, please select the appropriate “Fund Type” – this is a required field for expenditures in “Other Funds” columns and the report will not submit without this information.

Please click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the form to submit the added information. Each time you submit expenditure in the “Update” feature, totals will appear at the bottom of the report.

Step 4. Add Feature -- Add a student and data.
 

Under “Application,” select “EF-S-07,” then click on “Go.”

Under “Action,” select “Add,” then click on “Go.”

This feature will allow you to add a student that is not already on the report or to add a student with more than one out-of-district placement.

“Select SAU” should indicate the resident unit that is paying for the student (if you are responsible for more than one SAU, the username will be different for each SAU. Once you have logged-in as a particular SAU, you will only be able to view the form for that SAU).

Enter the following required information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • MEDMS ID (once submitted this number cannot be changed)
  • Date of Birth (format must be MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Select a school – please click on dropdown arrow and select school. If the student is placed in an out-of-state school please select “Non-Maine School.”

The student will not be added if any of the above information is missing. The MEDMS ID must be accurately entered as it can not be changed once it has been submitted.

Please enter expenditures for special education tuition and board in the appropriate columns:

  • Local Funds – Elementary (Pre-K-8th grade)
  • Local Funds – Secondary (Grades 9-12)
  • Other Funds – Elementary (Pre-K-8th grade)
  • Other Funds – Secondary (Grades 9-12)

Do not report “regular” education expenditures in this report.

If expenditures are indicated in the “Other Funds” columns, please select the appropriate “Fund Type” – this is a required field for expenditures in “Other Funds” and the report will not submit without this information.

Please click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the form to submit the student.

Once a student is added, you may go into “Update” and see that the student has been added.

Step 5. Final Review and Total Costs.

Once you have completed Steps 3 and 4, please go into the “Update” feature (see instructions in step 3) to review all the data for accuracy. If everything is correct, please click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the form to submit. Once you submit it, expenditure totals will appear at the bottom of the report.

Each time a submission is made an email will be sent to notify the Department of Education that your SAU has made a submission. The Department of Education Special Services staff will be reviewing your submissions, if it is determined the placement was not approved for the 2012-13 school year then that student’s costs will be not approved. If you find that you must revise the report, simply enter the revised information (see instructions in steps 3 and 4) and click on the “Save” button; this will re-submit the report.

Please be sure that total special education tuition and board expenses for out-of-district placements are reported. The total special education tuition and board expenditures submitted on this report should agree with the special education tuition and board reported in the MEDMS Financial System.

Units with no students:

If your unit has no students in approved special education out-of-district placements, the EF-S-07 will indicate “No Students Found.” If this is correct, please click the box to verify you have no students to report and click on the “Save” button. If this incorrect, please follow the instructions in Step 4 to add a student(s).

New Feature: Export to Excel

After you submit the EF-S-07 report, you may save it to your computer by using the “Export to Excel” button. This will transfer the information in your EF-S-07 report to an Excel spreadsheet which you may save to your computer.

If you have questions regarding the completion of EF-S-07, please contact Denise Towers at 207-624-6655 or denise.towers@maine.gov.