Yap Special Education Verification Monitoring - On February 20-24, 2012, FSM National Department of Education (NDOE), Division of Special Services conducted an on-site Verification Monitoring Visit in Yap State. The Monitoring Visit was conducted to determine whether special education programs and services in Yap State are being delivered consistent with the requirements of IDEA and the FSM Special Education Handbook. The Monitoring visit was also conducted to verify progress being made by YDOE in the implementation of their Special Education Local Performance Plan (LPP) and progress being made to correct areas of non-compliance that were identified in the February 7-11, 2011 Monitoring Report.
There are a total of 3 high schools, 29 elementary schools and 15 ECE centers within the Yap Department of Education. For SY 11-12 there are a total of 2,820 students enrolled with 216 students with IEPs being served within special education as of February 24, 2012. This represents 7.7% of the students being eligible for special education. In SY 2010-11, there were a total of 3,662 students with 207 being identified as eligible special education students as of February 11, 2011. This represented 5.7% of the students being eligible for special education. Overall, there has been an increase in the percentage served (5.7% to 7.7%). It must be noted that there was an increase in the number of students served from 207 to 216. This represents an increase of 9 students served from the previous reporting year. The increase in percentage served is a result of lower overall enrollment in the public school system. The increase in overall percentage of students served can also be attributed to improved Child Find efforts.
During the monitoring visit, the Monitoring Team met with school teachers, Special Education Coordinator, and staff from the special education program, including parents of a homebound student. During the visit, interviews were conducted with the Special Education Coordinator and program staff, teachers and staff of the elementary and high schools visited. IEP records, 2011 Findings of Non Compliance and the revised 2011-12 Special Education Budget were reviewed. Additionally, the Team met with the Yap State Special Education Advisory Council and the Principal of Yap High School. The Team also reviewed fiscal records and personnel documents.
As a result of this monitoring, the Team only identified 2 new areas of non-compliance that are related to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Yap Department of Education is to be congratulated for the excellent progress that is being made to further improve and expand programs and services to children with disabilities and their families. Major efforts have been made to ensure special education services are available in the neighboring islands, greater efforts are being made to ensure ECE Child Find, and transition meetings are making a big difference to help students smoothly transition between programs.
The Monitoring Team looks forward to working with YDOE to further expand and improve special education programs at Yap High School.
For more information, please contact us at (691) 320-1055/8982 or Yap State Special Education Program.