BCPS in the News

Independent ESE Comprehensive Review Complete

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Parent input encouraged to help prioritize recommendations and findings

In the 2013/14 school year, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) initiated an independent review of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Support Services across the District.

Via an RFP process, Evergreen Solutions was hired to conduct a comprehensive review of the ESE and Support Services. The five month review included the input of parents and employees via surveys, face-to-face meetings and community meetings. A comparison of peer school districts in Florida and top performing school districts across the nation was also conducted.

"We initiated the ESE review in our ongoing efforts to improve the services and educational outcomes for all of our students," said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. "Our organization is committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential."

The report from Evergreen includes more than 40 commendations and more than 100 recommendations in various areas such as district/school staffing and support, inclusionary practices, related services, transportation, student performance, transition and use of funds.

The District’s next steps will include opportunities for parents, staff and other stakeholders to provide input on the findings, from the report from Evergreen, with the overarching goal to develop priority goals for the 2014/15 school year. The School Board of Broward County, Florida will discuss the ESE Report at the July 29, 2014 School Board Workshop.

Parents, students, staff members, and the Broward community are encouraged to review the results of the Evergreen comprehensive review of the District’s Exceptional Student Education department online at http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/studentsupport/ese. For more information regarding ESE and Support Services and the ESE Review Report, please contact 754-321-3400.
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