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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools, Assistant Superintendents, School Principals, Special Education Directors

FROM:           Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:            April 19, 2006

RE:                 Parent Surveys and Post High School Follow-Up Surveys

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) now requires each state to collect data on a variety of outcome indicators for students with IEPs. Two of the indicators relate to parent participation and involvement and one relates to post high school follow-up.

For the age three through twenty population, OSEP wants to know:

Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. (20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(A))

For the birth through age two population, OSEP wants to know:

Percent of families participating in Part C who report that early intervention services have helped the family:

  1. Know their rights;
  2. Effectively communicate their children's needs; and
  3. Help their children develop and learn. (20 USC 1416(a)(3)(A) and 1

Finally, for the age fourteen to twenty-one year-old students with IEPs, OSEP wants to know:

Percent of youth who had IEPs, are no longer in secondary school and who have been competitively employed, enrolled in some type of postsecondary school, or both, within one year of leaving high school.

In developing Maine’s six-year State Performance Plan (SPP) to address these new data collection requirements, stakeholders [i.e., Maine Advisory Council for the Education of Children with Disabilities (MACECD)] determined that baseline data would be collected using a modified parent survey developed by the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring (NCSEAM) and that the survey would be sent to parents of ALL students with disabilities. For purposes of post high school follow up it was determined that all students with IEPs who exited by graduating with a diploma, dropping out, aging out, or graduating by fulfilling the requirements of an IEP would be surveyed, using a modified version of the Maine Youth Exiting Schools (YES) survey.

The Department will administer the survey, analyze the results, and post the results on the Department’s website. The SAUs will be required to provide the Department with contact information for students with IEPs; the information includes the student’s name, student’s grade, the name of the parent with whom the student lives, and that parent’s address.

For questions regarding any of the survey, please contact George S. Smith, Ph.D. at George is assisting the Department in the conducting of this survey.