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Report2012 Final[1]

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Report of the Independent Monitor on the Progress and Effectiveness of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Implementation of the Modified Consent Decree During the 2011-2012 School Year
Report of the Independent Monitor on the Progress and Effectiveness of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Implementation of the Modified Consent Decree During the 2011-2012 School Year

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Office of the Independent Monitor 
Modified Consent Decree333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 18
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Floor Los Angeles, California 90017Tel: (213) 241-1797Fax: (213) 241-7551October 24, 2012John Deasy, Ph.D.Superintendent of SchoolsLos Angeles Unified School District333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 24
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Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017Honorable Board of EducationLos Angeles Unified School District333 S. Beaudry AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90017
Re: Report on the Progress and Effectiveness of the Los Angeles Unified School District’sImplementation of the Modified Consent Decree During the 2011-2012 School Year
Dear Dr. Deasy and Board of Education:Section 13 of the Modified Consent Decree (MCD) requires the Independent Monitor (IM) to present an annual, writtenreport to the Superintendent and the Board of Education concerning the progress and effectiveness of theimplementation of the terms and conditions of the MCD. The MCD has three primary sets of requirements the Los Angeles Unified School District (District) must meet. The first set is 19 performance-based outcomes pertaining tostudents with disabilities (SWD) receiving special education services. Prior to this report, the District had met therequirements of 15 of the outcomes. The second set of requirements pertains to making District schools accessible toindividuals with disabilities. The third concerns the development and implementation of the Integrated StudentInformation System (ISIS).This report addresses the status of the District’s performance on four outcomes, making schools accessible and the ISIS.It also includes discussions regarding the following: changes to three outcomes by stipulation of the parties; schools of choice; updates on two outcomes; and the annual hearing.The outcomes of the MCD are statistically based. Each remaining outcome has at least one data target that the Districthas to meet. It is the responsibility of the IM to determine if the target has been achieved. All targets within an outcomemust be achieved before the IM can determine that the outcome has been met. For each target the parties agreed to theprotocol that was used to measure performance on the target. Much of the data used in the analyses are derived fromDistrict data sources. In all cases the data are validated. The appendix to this report contains studies and other analysesthat the IM used to make determinations on the District’s performance on the outcomes.This report addresses the following outcomes:
 
 
Changes to the MCD by Stipulation
 
Outcome #7A: Placement of Students with Other Disabilities
FREDERICK J. WEINTRAUB
Independent Monitor 
JAY R. ALLEMAN
Chief Analyst 
JAIME E. HERNANDEZ
Research Director 
 
 
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Outcome #7B: Placement of Students with Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic (MDO)
 
Outcome #13: Delivery of Services
 
Outcome #16: Increase In Qualified Providers
 
Update on
 
Outcome #4: Completion
 
Update on Outcome #18: Disproportionate Identification of African American Students with EmotionalDisturbanceIt also reports on the following:
 
Making Schools Accessible
 
Charter Schools
 
Magnet Schools
 
Data Systems – Integrated Student Information System (ISIS)
 
 Annual Hearing
 
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HANGES TO THE
MCD
BY STIPULATION OF THE PARTIES
 Paragraph 85 of the MCD provides the parties, plaintiffs’ counsel and defendants (LAUSD), with the ability tomodify outcomes through stipulation. During the 2011-2012 school year, in accordance with the MCD, theparties met to discuss possible changes to MCD outcomes. On September 17, 2012, the parties agreed to astipulation to modify three outcomes (4, 7A and 7B) (See Appendix A).The stipulation replaces two outcomes (7A and 7B) regarding the integration of students with moderate tosevere disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Outcome 7A focused on students with all other disabilities excluding students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Speech and Language Impairments(SLI) and Other Health Impairments (OHI), ages 6-18, and aimed to increase the percentage of studentsparticipating in the general education instructional setting for 40% or more of the day. Outcome 7B solely aimedto increase the percentage of students with Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic (MDO), ages 6-18, in the generaleducation setting for 40% or more of the instructional day. Both of these outcomes were intended to increasethe percentage of students with moderate to severe disabilities receiving instruction in general educationclasses. The stipulation also considers Outcome 4: Completion Rate as met
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.Outcomes 7A and 7B are replaced with a new Outcome 7 that has two mutually exclusive parts designed tointegrate SWD in special education centers into general education campuses and classes. Outcome 7.1 aims toreduce the number of students attending special education centers by 33% by June 2015. Additionally, incenters that become co-located or merged with another general education campus, SWD are not to exceed35% of the school population.Outcome 7.2 intends to increase the participation of SWD in general education settings at co-located schools,to an average of 12% of the instructional day and during lunch, breaks, recess and school-wide activities.
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Additional discussion on the progress of Outcome 4. Completion Rate is included on page 17.

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