Welcome to the NCSI Resource Library, where you can find resources that support SEAs and stakeholders to transform systems to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
This quick reference guide helps states understand the excess cost requirement. It explains what excess costs are, how to calculate and meet the requirement, and more.
This practice guide is designed to help states develop high-level written procedures for subrecipient fiscal monitoring. Specifically, this document provides states with guiding questions, sample language, and applicable resources to consider when developing written subrecipient fiscal monitoring procedures. The practice guide may also be useful in determining if existing state procedures address the recommended content […]
Fiscal management is a critical component of a state’s general supervision system. This quick reference guide will help states understand the components of an effective IDEA Part B subrecipient fiscal monitoring system: assessing risk, conducting monitoring activities, evaluating results of audits and monitoring activities, and remediating deficiencies through corrective action and enforcement measures.
Spending federal funds within the allowed timelines is essential to meeting the purposes of IDEA but can be a challenge for many states. This quick reference guide will help states deepen their understanding of obligation and liquidation requirements and timelines, the grant funding cycle, and oversight responsibilities.
An Improvement and Learning Journey: Empowering Local Special Education Entities to Address the Special Education Teacher Shortage in Illinois
The following resource is an impact story of how NCSI built the capacity of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to design a state system of support to begin addressing the special education teacher shortage. The resource provides context for the intensive technical assistance focusing on improvement science, provides qualitative and quantitative examples of impact, […]
This template is designed to help state education agencies (SEAs) describe and document how they monitor Local Education Agency (LEA) implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The considerations included in this template are designed to support SEAs and ensure their written monitoring descriptions are detailed and comprehensive, including specifying how monitoring activities […]
In November of 2022, NCSI convened a select group of Thought Leaders from across the country in an in-person forum to discuss equity for students with disabilities in a pandemic-impacted world. This brief articulates the five recommendations that emerged from the two-day forum.
NCSI publishes data on turnover of state directors of special education on an annual basis. This document includes data reflecting state directors who left their positions in the 2022 calendar year, and new state directors who started in the 2022 calendar year. Trend data on state director longevity is included as well.
A coherent state general supervision system will function in a coordinated and intentional fashion to achieve its ultimate aims—ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and improving student outcomes. The General Supervision System Coherence Self-Assessment Tool supports SEA staff to determine the current levels of coherence within its general supervision system, identify […]
A key responsibility of state education agencies (SEAs) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to monitor local education agency (LEA) implementation of the law (34 C.F.R. § 300.600–604). This Fast Five details five principles (plus one!) that we recommend SEAs incorporate as part of their LEA monitoring.