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4. What data are collected about students in private schools?

ODE collects private school attendance data on November 1 for all students (special education or not; parentally placed or not.)  ODE currently collects information about private school students with disabilities attending private schools as part of the December 1 Special Education Child Count (SECC).

New under IDEA 2004, districts must also collect, maintain in their records, and provide to   ODE, the number of students evaluated, the number of students determined to be children with disabilities under IDEA, and the number of students served by the district.

5.  Which parentally placed students are included in the calculation of the proportionate share of federal IDEA funds?

All students with disabilities attending private schools located within the district’s boundaries are included in the district’s calculation of proportionate share.  This includes students attending the private school whose parents are residents of another district.

For preschool children ages three –five, only those attending private preschools that are part of an elementary school are considered “parentally placed private school children.”

6.  How does a district calculate the proportionate share of IDEA  funds available for services for parentally placed private school children?

A district must use a prescribed formula to determine the proportionate share available each year.  This calculation includes the count of both resident and non-resident parentally placed private school children.

Steps to Determine the Proportionate Share:

A.Count the total number of eligible public school children with disabilities in the area served by the school district.

B.Count the number of eligible parentally placed private school students with disabilities attending private schools within the district’s boundaries, without regard to students’ resident district.

C.Identify the amount of federal IDEA 611 funds given to the school district.

D.Calculate the ratio of eligible students with disabilities attending private schools within the district’s boundaries.     B/(A+B)

E.Multiply the total IDEA (C) funds given to the school district by the

percentage (D) of eligible students with disabilities attending private schools within the district’s boundaries.  The result is the proportionate share.

Additional information and a self-calculating form to guide proportionate share calculations is available online (http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/schoolanddistrict/funding/sped/annapp/privatesch.pdf ).

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