To better understand the effectiveness of the mental health services in its special education program, East Side should use the six performance indicators we identified to perform analysis annually on the subset of students receiving mental health services.
Response emailed to Bob Harris.
East Side provided evidence that it is continuing to measure the same general education participation data that it demonstrated at its last response. It has also indicated that it continues to have difficulty measuring post-school outcomes for the students who had received mental health services.
The East Side Union High School District has established processes to analyze our data for students with emotional disabilities/receiving mental health services, along the parameters of the 6 performance indicators.
East Side's 6-month response provided an analysis of the subset of students receiving mental health services that did not include data for participation in general education classes or post-school outcomes, which are two of the six performance indicators. East Side has since provided an analysis of the subset of students receiving mental health services and their participation in general education classes. However, East Side asserted that it has been unable to successfully follow up with any students who were in special education about their post-school outcomes. Staff at East Side have developed new forms for students to fill out before they leave school that East Side hopes will allow it to collect data on this indicator for all students who were in special education, including the subset who received mental health services.
We developed a set of data to analyze the 6 indicators on a yearly basis. We plan to use it to improve our services to students with mental health needs who are served in our programs.
East Side provided its analysis of data on the subset of students receiving mental health services, which included four of the six factors we identified in our report. However, East Side did not include data for participation in general education classes or post-school outcomes as part of its analysis.
The Director of Special Services and the Director of Assessment and Accountability work together to develop meaningful reports for the special education. We are developing a process to be able to conduct this analysis at the end of the year.
The 6 indicators include:
- Graduation Rate
- Dropout Rate
- Statewide Assessments (participation and proficiency)
- Suspension and expulsion
- Participation in general education classes
- Post-school outcomes
Please note that statewide testing only occurs in 11th grade in high school and that post school outcomes will not be available until students leave our system. The same is true of graduation rate, which is only available after students graduate. We are working through how to make these indicators meaningful. Additionally, we are working with the special education coordinator and CASEMIS manager to ensure that all students receiving mental health services are reflected in report. We are working with our T department to determine which of our data based systems will best support what we need to do . We also have an appointment next week with a software company who has a product for these purposes.
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