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Chuuk Special Education Verification Monitoring

Chuuk Special Education Verification Monitoring Visit - On February 13-17, 2012 FSM National Department of Education (NDOE) Division of Special Services conducted its Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011 annual Monitoring and Verification visit for Chuuk Special Education Program. The FSM NDOE receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education to provide education programs and services for eligible children with disabilities. These programs and services are provided consistent with the provisions of the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The FSM assures that all eligible children needing special education will receive a Free Appropriate Public Education. The FSM has adopted P.L.14-08 which also provides for the education of children with disabilities throughout the FSM age 0-21. 

Chuuk State receives funding for special education programs from IDEA. The Chuuk State School System (CSSS) has submitted an application and assurances to the FSM NDOE that programs and services for children with disabilities in Chuuk State will be provided consistent with the provisions cited above. 

As part of the General Supervision requirements of IDEA, NDOE must conduct a comprehensive special education program monitoring program to ensure that the provisions of IDEA are being followed within each FSM State. To accomplish this, NDOE conducts annual Verification Monitoring visits to each State and additional Focused Monitoring Visits as may be necessary to ensure areas of non-compliance are being corrected in a timely manner.

During the one week visit, the Monitoring Team met with the Acting Director of Education, Special Education Coordinator, and staff from the special education program on how the program is providing special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities as well as the implementation of the IDEA requirements and FSM Special Education policies and procedures. School site visits were conducted at Messa Elementary School, P&P Elementary School, and Iras Elementary School to look at Child Find efforts and the types of services being provided to eligible children with disabilities. 

The Monitoring Team also conducted a review of fiscal management operations that included Chuuk’s budget, inventory, personnel, and other related fiscal areas such as contracts, RFPs, vehicle fuel logs, and vehicle maintenance. Finally, the Team met with 6 members of the Chuuk State Advisory Panel and the Chuuk State School System (CSSS) Local Monitoring Team which consists of 5 members representing the CSSS and community. 

As a result of this monitoring, the Monitoring Team identified 8 new areas of non-compliance that are related to fiscal management, general supervision, individual education plan (IEP), child find, and interagency agreement. The Monitoring Team appreciated the support provided by the Chuuk State Special Education Program and DOE to make the monitoring visit a success.

NDOE looks forward to working with Chuuk State DOE to improve and expand programs and services for students with disabilities and their families. 

For more information, please contact us at (691) 320-1055/8982 or Chuuk Special Education Program.