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Fannin County Special Education SSA

Forms Storage , Retrieval and Compliance Reporting

 

Fannin County is a predominantly rural Texas community that lies on the border of Oklahoma. The community operates a Shared Services Agreement (SSA) to provide Special Education services for more than 1900 children from 27 schools in 10 districts within the county.

 

 

 

The challenge was to provide an affordable, easy-to-use database application that can collect, analyze, and generate reports from large amounts of information in highly detailed education plans, goal-setting, and progress reports for more than 800 current and 1,000 former special education students. The organization needed a database application that could run reports for therapists and evaluators serving special-needs children, helping them track and improve efficiency as well as meet rigorous state and federal regulatory compliance standards.

 

More than six years ago, when Dr.Sara Baker became director of Fannin County Special Education SSA, the organization was using a database to manage its records. However, Dr. Baker found that the forms employed by the system were excessively complex and time-consuming for teachers.

 

“You must understand that we are required to hold annual ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) meetings for each of our kids, in which their Individual Education Plans (IEP) are developed and reviewed,” Dr. Baker explains. She adds, “Each of these meetings generate from 15 to 45 pages of information about the student’s education plan, progress and goals.

 

“I wanted to free our Special Education teachers from having to spend so much time with forms, so they could spend more time with the kids.”

 

Dr. Baker redesigned the forms to simplify them and make them less time-consuming for teachers. While the new form system worked beautifully, the organization lost the database tied to the previous forms, meaning it now had no way to automate the tracking and analysis of organizational data, or generate reports for service providers.

 

Her organization needed a database application that could run reports for therapists and evaluators serving special-needs children, helping her organization to track and improve efficiency as well as meet rigorous state and federal regulatory compliance standards.

 

In addition, Dr. Baker explained, frequent changes in regulatory requirements necessitated a system in which fields could be easily added and edited.

 

Sansoft IMS' engineering team built a data-driven application that’s easy to use and can generate reports the organization needs to operate efficiently, effectively, and in compliance with state and federal laws. The application’s data fields can also be added to and edited to allow it to keep up with new requirements. The main features were annual ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) reports for each student to review their Individual Education Plans (IEP).

 

“Frankly, I was leery of using them at first, because they are in California and we are in Texas,” she said.

 

“But, the way they worked with us, we could be talking together and looking at the same computer screen as though we were face-to-face,” she added.

 

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 Dev. Environment  MS Access 2010
 Deployment  Server
 No. of Users  5
 Coordinator  Dr. Sara Baker
 Department  FCSESSA
 Sector  Education

 

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