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Metropolitan District of Warren Township: Indianapolis, Indiana



DISTRICT PROBLEM AREA


Warren was cited for Disproportionality under Indicator 10 starting in  SY 09/10. Significant Disproportionality is defined as having a Risk Ratio of greater than 2.5.  


  • When Virtuoso began working with MSD Warren, the RR for African American students identified as Emotionally Disabled  was 2.82 and  the RR for White students identified as Emotionally was 3.01.
  • MSD Warren had the highest enrollment of ED students of all districts in Central Indiana. The ED category represents 17. 07% of  MSD Warren’s SPED population while  the state average is 1.29%.


State reviewers cited the following concerns after conducting a file review of ED students:

  • Insufficient pre-referral data or interventions for students
  • Lack of comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations of the students.
  • Reports focused on areas of academic concerns with very little  or no documentation of medical, social, or emotional histories/factors


SOLUTIONS WE PROVIDED


VEC worked with School Psychologists and Building Administrators to:


  • Define quantify  eligibility criteria(all evaluation determinations are now supported by an evidenced based Eligibility Checklist)
  • Understand cultural differences in the manifestation of behavior( professional development training on cultural patterns of behavior)
  • Revise the District-wide Student Code of Conduct to  align with a Culturally Responsive PBIS framework (establishing more objectivity and uniformity in the use of disciplinary practices),
  •  Establish a more uniform process for intervention prior to referral for testing( added documentation of researched based interventions now required prior to referral for testing).


RESULTS ACHIEVED


As of SY 13/14, MSD Warren was no longer found to have Significant Disproportionality for Indicator  10 ( Over-representation of ED students).


Metropolitan District of Perry Township: Indianapolis, Indiana



DISTRICT PROBLEM AREA

  • Minority Disproportionality (over identification of African American students identified for Special Education Services) and increased use of suspensiMeton and expulsion for African American students
  • Budget constraints due to Federal financial mandates

SOLUTIONS WE PROVIDED

Intensive professional development trainings to all staff in the areas of:

  • differentiated instruction
  • culturally responsive instruction
  • data based decision making and problem solving

RESULTS ACHIEVED

MSD Perry was the first urban school district in Indiana to be released from federally mandated financial sanctions after only 2 years

Caddo Parish Schools: Shreveport, Louisiana



DISTRICT PROBLEM AREA

  • Corrective Action  sanctions imposed by the State of Louisiana due to excessive use of punitive disciplinary practices
  • Mandate to revise their discipline practices

SOLUTIONS WE PROVIDED

  • Intensive professional development trainings to all staff in the areas of:
  • student engagement strategies,
  • effective classroom management
  • writing effective behavior intervention plans
  • managing non-compliant behavior

RESULTS ACHIEVED

  • Significant decreases in rates of out of school suspension in 1 year.
  • Green Oaks High school went from 43% to 26% of students receiving OSS
  • Huntington High school went from 51% to 31% of students receiving OSS

Elkhart Community Schools (ECS): Elkhart, Indiana



DISTRICT PROBLEM AREA

  • Academic under-achievement and elevated rates of suspensions and expulsions of minority students is contributing to disproportionality in ECS.
  • Lack of consistency in how to proactively problem solve student concerns using data.

SOLUTIONS WE PROVIDED

  • professional Development Trainings to develop staff knowledge and skill related to culturally responsive instruction and behavior management practices.
  • district wide  training on a systematic problem solving process to proactively address student academic and behavior concerns.

RESULTS ACHIEVED

  • District wide adoption of Problem Solving process  that  is used prior students being referred for SPED testing.
  • Use of formative assessments to inform Tier 1 instructional practices and to  inform IEP goal setting  for all SPED students.
  • Reduction of disproportionate representation of African American students in SPED categories and in discipline outcomes.

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC): Evansville, Indiana



DISTRICT PROBLEM AREA

  • Federal Mandate to dedicate  in excess of $800,000  of IDEA Part B funds to address Disproportionality
  • Limited staff skills related to culturally responsive instruction and behavior management

SOLUTIONS WE PROVIDED

  • Assessment of Staff's Current Level of Cultural Competency using the Intercultural Developmental Inventory
  • Professional Development on Culturally Responsive Instruction for Academic and Behavioral Success
  • Training on use of Automated Data Worksheet for Monitoring Rates of Disproportionality

RESULTS ACHIEVED

  • Proactive, monthly monitoring of  SPED composition rates.
  • Increase in implementation of culturally responsive practices resulting in  more effective and equitable behavior management.

Notable District Successes