This is one document in a series of Q&As prepared by OSERS to clarify issues emerging from the last reauthorization of IDEA, specifically questions related to RTI and EIS funds in Part B.
Part B – Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)
This OSEP memo clarifies actions that state and local educational agencies (SEA and LEA) must take to identify and act upon disproportionality of racial and ethnic groups in special education. The regulations state that the SEA must require any LEA identified as having significant disproportionality to reserve 15 percent of the flow-through funds under IDEA Part B to provide comprehensive CEIS to serve children not identified with disabilities. This document describes the differences between the requirements for significant disproportionality and CEIS and the requirements related to disproportionate representation as a result of inappropriate identification. See 20 U.S.C. §1416(a)(3)(C), 34 CFR §300.600(d)(3), and 34 CFR §300.646(b)(2).
This OSEP memo clarifies the use of IDEA funds and other federal funds for CEIS, including the provision that requires the SEA to require the LEA to reserve the maximum amount of funds available for comprehensive CEIS if the SEA identifies significant disproportionality based on race or ethnicity. See 34 CFR §300.646(b)(2).
This document is a report on a forum on Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) that includes background information about CEIS and a summary of the forum’s presentations and discussions. The purpose of the forum was to solicit input from stakeholders in the areas of implementation challenges, needed guidance and technical assistance, and best practices in the field related to CEIS.
This letter to the Michigan Department of Education addresses three IDEA fiscal topics, two of which are maintenance of effort (MOE) and coordinated early intervening services (CEIS). The CEIS question asks about the possibility of reallocating CEIS funds not expended by an LEA. OSEP explains that the funds can only be used for the purposes stated in IDEA and any funds not expended by the LEA when required to expend them due to significant disproportionality would revert to the U. S. Department of Education at the end of the expenditure period for those funds.
This letter to the Division of Rehabilitation Services and Special Education at the University of Maine, Farmington, discusses the possible uses for CEIS funds including a tiered support system such as response to intervention (RTI) and funding teachers.
This technical assistance guide can be used by SEA staff members who analyze, interpret, and/or make decisions based on disproportionality data and analyses. This guide describes some of the more common methods for calculating disproportionality, summarizes the question each method answers, provides step-by-step examples of how disproportionality is calculated, and offers brief discussions on how to interpret the method and some considerations. It is intended to help SEA staff members determine which of their LEAs have significant disproportionality, data that are required as part of the EMAPS IDEA Part B MOE Reduction and CEIS data collection.
This FAQ document developed by the OSEP-funded IDEA Data Center (IDC) focuses on helping SEAs and LEAs understand CEIS and its reporting requirements. These questions were developed to be used in conjunction with the OSEP Guidance Memo 08-09.
The Excel spreadsheet application and user’s guide are tools to help states in their assessments of racial/ethnic disproportionality in LEAs. The spreadsheet application calculates several disproportionality measures. The user’s guide includes an overview of the spreadsheet application, discussions on data requirements, instructions for using the spreadsheet application, and information on getting help with questions and/or problems. This resource complements IDC’s previously published technical assistance document, Methods for Assessing Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education: A Technical Assistance Guide (Revised), which provides additional information about the measures calculated by the spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is intended to help SEA staff determine which of their LEAs have significant disproportionality based on data that are required as part of the EMAPS IDEA Part B MOE Reduction and CEIS data collection.
This letter responds to the Maryland Special Needs Advocacy Project and addresses two IDEA fiscal topics, one of which is CEIS. The CEIS question regards calculation of the proportionate share of IDEA funds that must be used by a local educational agency (LEA) to provide equitable services to children with disabilities who are parentally placed in private schools when that LEA is required to provide comprehensive CEIS. For comprehensive CEIS, an LEA is required to reserve exactly 15 percent of its IDEA funds to provide these services when it has been identified with significant disproportionality. OSEP explains that the calculations for the percentage of IDEA funds to reserve for comprehensive CEIS and the proportionate share must be based on the total amount of the IDEA subgrant the LEA receives under 34 CFR §§300.705 and 300.815.