More on the special ed backlog
Deputy chancellor for special education Richard Nyankori called to add a few details to Monday's post about the backlog of 400 incomplete special education evaluations and IEP meetings. Nyankori said he is not shirking ownership of the issue, but that about 17 percent of the cases are several years old, involving students no longer in the system or parents who chose not to continue with the special ed process. "These are cases that were never properly exited out," Nyankori said, and have remained on the city's books as incomplete.
"It was incomplete due diligence on our part," he said.
Overall, Nyankori said the news on special ed evaluations has been good, with the timeliness rate growing from 34 percent to 80 percent in the last year.
He said there has also been significant growth in timely IEP meetings -- where parents and staff discuss the document that will define the services a child will receive--but with room for improvement. About 30 percent of the time parents call to cancel, sometimes for unavoidable contingencies and sometimes for reasons that are less clear.
"We need to increase our parental show rate," he said.
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