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    Subject Term: "Right to due process"

    1 publication with a total of 1 open recommendation
    Director: Jacqueline M. Nowicki
    Phone: (617) 788-0580

    1 open recommendations
    Recommendation: Based on GAO's review, the Secretary of Education should direct the Office of Special Education Programs to assist its oversight of dispute resolution, take steps to improve the comparability of parental involvement data while minimizing the burden to states, and use the data for better management decision making. Steps to consider could include establishing and requiring that states follow standard data collection and analysis procedures.

    Agency: Department of Education
    Status: Open

    Comments: In FY15, Education reported that the IDEA Data Center, in relation to the parent involvement portion of the audit, has continued review of its parental involvement indicator to collect information related to data collection methods, results, and improvement activities. It also began reviewing existing sources for information on how parent data are collected and best practices/exemplars that are publicly available. In April 2017, Education reported it would direct Parent Technical Assistance Centers and other Education-funded centers to work together to develop and disseminate materials to assist states in analyzing and using parental involvement data to improve the provision of special education services. We believe this effort could help individual states improve methods for analyzing and using parental involvement data. However, we await documentation that such materials were developed and distributed. Also, it is unclear how it would improve the comparability of parental involvement data across states and allow Education to accurately assess states' performance on this IDEA indicator. In February 2018, Education reported that it has taken or plans to take steps to improve the quality of parental involvement data it requires states to collect, including webinars and online tools on data quality, among other resources. However, Education acknowledged that these actions are not likely to improve its ability to assess and compare states' performance on parental involvement under IDEA primarily because data collection methodologies vary across states and produce data that are not generally comparable. As we reported in 2014, without comparable data across states, Education lacks important performance information on parental involvement under IDEA, which limits its ability to oversee states' dispute resolution activities, such as monitoring and assisting states with low performance on parental involvement in relation to other states. We will continue to monitor Education's efforts to implement this recommendation.