Fiscal Tools

Special Education Efficiency Tool

Local education agencies (LEAs) throughout the state face an ongoing challenge in funding the costs of serving special education students. FCMAT has developed the Special Education Efficiency Tool as a resource for LEAs to analyze various areas within special education. The intent is for fiscal and special education staff to work together to complete the tool, and for this process to help guide a conversation about how to provide the best services for students in the most efficient manner.

The tool has 21 questions, some of which are tied to worksheets in the tool. This allows an LEA to identify areas that may need additional attention as each is identified by a “no” or “not met” response.

A district should consider discussing the items in the Special Education Efficiency Tool regularly, and should complete the tool annually.

Special Education Efficiency Tool


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