Family Engagement

Indicator 8: School Facilitated Parent Involvement

  • May 13th, 2011
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires all states to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP) that describes how the state will implement the requirements and purposes of the IDEA, and improve results for students with disabilities (20 U.S.C. 1416). Included among the requirements is the measurement and public reporting of Indicator 8: School Facilitated Parent Involvement. More specifically, Indicator 8 addresses the Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. Like many states, Pennsylvania collects this data through a large scale survey. The parent survey Pennsylvania is using was developed by the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring under a grant awarded to that center by Office of Special Education Programs.

Survey of Parents of Students with Disabilities

Annually, one fifth of Pennsylvania Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are included in the survey. A stratified random sample of parents of school age students with disabilities receive the twenty five question survey directly from Leader Services. Parents are directed to address questions they may have about the survey to The Special Education Consultline. Individual responses to the survey are kept confidential. Reporting on an LEA’s performance in meeting SPP targets, including targets for Indicator 8, is done through the Special Education Data Reports on the PennData Website.

The following two webinars provide additional information pertaining to Indicator 8 and the parent survey.

Parent Involvement Survey

Click on the icon for the Parent Involvement Survey webinar (above) to listen to a webinar designed to address questions families may have about the parent survey. The webinar specifically covers the following points:

  • What is Indicator 8;
  • How the parent survey is administered;
  • What types of questions are addressed in the parent survey; and
  • Why parents receiving the survey should respond.

Pennsylvania's Parent Survey to Measure Schools' Facilitation of Parent Involvement

Click on the icon for the Indicator 8 Overview webinar (above) to listen to an overview of the Indicator 8 parent survey. The webinar is facilitated by Dr. Batya Elbaum, University of Miami. Through the course of this webinar Dr. Elbaum shares details about:

  • The development of the survey;
  • The types of questions parents are asked;
  • How the survey is scored; and
  • Pennsylvania’s survey results.

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