Report on special education
Auditor General of Ontario, 2008.
The Auditor General found an array of concerns about the special education system, including issues of growing cost, concerns about communication with parents and lack of quality monitoring.
They major concerns were:
- Information collected by school boards about students, the identification process, their programs and their results is not sufficient to allow effective planning or service delivery.
- Concerns about communication with parents: The report card is not designed to deal with IEPs, so it is hard to understand students’ progress, and boards can’t show they have complied with laws on parent consultation in the IPRC process.
- Concerns about the IPRC process: The process may be more resource-intensive than appropriate in many cases; and the “how and why” of IPRC decisions are not recorded, which would be helpful for teachers’ planning and future review.