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Office of Student Learning & Partnerships

a)

The overall percentage of students who are in special education generates the first part of the severity score.  (See rule one above for how the special education percentage is calculated.)  Districts between 11% and the state average (mean) generate 0 severity points for this portion of the severity score.   Increasingly large percentages of special education students generate severity points as shown in the table below.  In the 2004-05 school year the calculated state special education mean was 13.29%.

Special Education Percent Range

Points

Up to the State Mean

0 points

State Mean to State Mean +1%

2  points

State Mean + 1% to State Mean + 2%

4  points

State Mean + 2% to State Mean + 3%

6  points

State Mean + 3% to State Mean + 4%

8  points

State Mean + 4% to State Mean + 5%

10 points

State Mean + 5% to State Mean + 6%

12 points

State Mean + 6% to State Mean + 7%

14 points

>  State Mean + 7%

15 points

b) The second part of the severity score is determined by taking the greater point value in one of two calculated percentages of special education students.  The first calculates the percentage of students who were reported with the primary disabilities of Mental Retardation (MR), Emotional Disorder (ED), Autism Spectrum Disorder (AUT), Visual Impairment (VI), Hearing Impairment (HI), and Orthopedic Impairment (OI) compared to the state mean for this same group of students with disabilities.  The second percentage calculates the percentage of special education students who were reported with the same primary disabilities as those listed above with the addition of Other Health Impaired (OHI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Knowing that students with some disabilities generally are more expensive to serve than others, the committee attempted to look at differences in population severity that exists across districts.  Both of the calculated percentages are compared to the state mean.  Each percent generates points based on the table below:

MR, ED, AUT, VI, HI, and OI %

MR, ED, AUT, VI, HI, OI, OHI, and TBI %

Points

Up to the State Mean

Up to the State Mean

0 points

State Mean + .5%

State Mean + .5%

5  points

State Mean + 1.0%

State Mean + 1.0%

10  points

State Mean + 1.5 %

State Mean + 1.5 %

15  points

State Mean + 2.0 %

State Mean + 2.0 %

20  points

>  State Mean + 2.0 %

>  State Mean + 2.0 %

25 points

The higher score generated by each of the two percentage values above is taken and added to the points generated by the overall percent of students with disabilities.  The maximum possible score from these two severity scores is 40 points.  

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