Problems with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s new student-tracking system led to widespread issues in identifying special-needs students and placing them in the correct programs, a report released last week concludes.
The new system was launched at the beginning of this school year. Of 201 schools surveyed by an independent monitor, more than 80 percent reported they had trouble identifying students with special needs, and more than two-thirds said they had trouble placing students in the right programs.
The monitor said the findings “validate the concerns and impact on schools reported by the school personnel, professional organizations, and as reported by the media.” They also “contradict the district’s assertions” that the majority of problems had been resolved.
A version of this article appeared in the October 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as L.A. Faulted on Data System for Special Ed. Students