The amount of time special education teachers are required to spend on paperwork is an ongoing concern in Arkansas and nationally. For these reasons, the ADE began a process to reduce unnecessary items and duplication in special education paperwork, while maintaining accountability, procedural safeguards, and parental involvement
A task force representative of multiple stakeholder groups initially convened around special education paperwork reduction in January 2016. The work of the task force continued through the spring of 2017 with the final forms being required by the ADE in August of 2017.
In addition to the elimination and streamlining of forms, the task force created the Arkansas Special Education Process Guide which provides step-by-step guidance through particular contexts in the special education process.
To gauge the effectiveness of the new forms and the process guide, surveys were disseminated to special education teachers (school age and early childhood), special education supervisors, and building principals. The survey results indicate an appreciation for the new forms, but a number of respondents expressed a desire that the requirements placed on special educators be reduced even further. The entire post task force report is linked below.
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