2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Committee Approved)

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Support Services for Special Education Students (language only)

Item 129 #1h

Item 129 #1h

Department of Education, Central Office Operations


Page 130, after line 16, insert:

"G.1. The Department of Education shall serve as the lead agency to collect and report data that succinctly measures the progress and outcomes of students that are placed in private provider settings by such student's public school of residence in Virginia or have been placed in a private provider facility by other legal means for which the Commonwealth is responsible for providing education. In keeping with the November 1, 2018, Private Day Special Education Outcomes report's findings and recommendations, the data shall include at least student attendance rates, graduation rates, individual student progress improvement rates relative to student individual education plans, standardized test scores, return to public school setting percentages, suspension and expulsion rates, transition to enrolling in post-secondary education percentages, and parental and student perspectives. The department shall also include any additional information that is beneficial in determining and measuring outcomes of such students in private provider settings that ensure a consistent set of comparable and compatible data relative to such  data of students enrolled in the public schools in Virginia and who have an individualized education plan.  The relevant data shall be provided to the department annually by each private provider that receives state funding for the purpose of providing services as prescribed in such student's individualized education plan.

2. The department shall begin receiving and collecting all necessary data from each private provider that receives state funding beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. If warranted, other state agencies shall provide appropriate support to facilitate the collection of such data.  All public school divisions that have students enrolled in such a private provider facility shall include in their contract for services with the private provider a requirement for the department to receive the data necessary to satisfy the data collections and subsequent reporting.  The department shall submit annually the collected data for each of the components of data collected by private provider to Chairmen of House Appropriations and Education and Senate Finance and Education and Health by the first day of the regular General Assembly Session.

3. The department and the Office of Children Services shall develop and implement a Memorandum of Understanding for data sharing with the designed purpose of linking outcome data to specific children so that the required reporting at the level of the private day school placement can be accomplished.

4. Both the department and the Office of Children Services shall have authority to implement these changes effective July 1, 2019, and prior to the completion of any regulatory process undertaken in order to effect such changes."


(This amendment is self-explanatory.)