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Levels and Program Models

Patti Brown 11/4/08 My question is regarding levels vs. conventional program models such as resource, self contained, etc. Is there a mandate for all districts to convert to the leveling system by a period in time, and if so when? It is our understanding that districts need to write a plan and have it approved prior to converting to the leveling system. A few of our districts' plans are set to expire at the end of this year. What does that mean for us? Can we stay with the levels, do they need a new plan? Is the state reverting back to conventional program models? Thanks.
Toni Van Cleve 11/5/08 The state is not reverting back to program models. This is a tricky question because there are several different aspects to the leveling question. Financially, all districts are required to code by levels starting July 1, 2008. District Developed Special Education Instructional Delivery Plans will be revised and approved for all districts during this school year. Districts signed assurances that they would develop these plans during this school year with the certification of this year's CSIP. Most districts are probably not really aware of this requirement yet. We hope to roll out the technical assistance in January. Districts will need to have plans in place for the next school year. These plans will become a part of the district's CSIP. Until the district plans are approved no change need to be made in IMS. Once the plans are approved at multiple levels, you will be advised about how to change class numbers in IMS.



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