Special Education – October 2017

FAST Progress Monitoring for Students in Special Education

FAST assessments may be written into some of your students’ IEPs.  For these students, the IEP mostly likely dictates that progress monitoring should occur every two weeks.  This means that your teachers need to start monitoring progress using the FAST assessment prior to the training on FAST progress monitoring.  Your teachers have two options to monitor progress using the FAST assessment prior to training.

Option 1:  Use the Quick Progress Monitoring Setup Directions.  These directions are for those who would like to use the FAST application for progress monitoring prior to the fall training where profess monitoring, interventions, and reporting will be trained in detail.  These directions do not replace the later training.   Please note:

  1. Progress monitoring can set up once your roster data has been validated in the FAST application.
  2. Progress monitoring that is required for students on IEPs must be entered in the IEP system, at a minimum.  Using the FAST system is recommended.
  3. Paper/pencil progress monitoring entry is an option in FAST but it may be challenging to enter bulk data later, in terms of lining up the paper assessment number and the electronic assessment number that appears for the student when you login.
  4. The linked directions provide a way to set up PM in FAST for use right away.

Option 2:  Download copies of the FAST assessment and complete paper-pencil progress monitoring until the online system is ready.  Information about downloading resources is in the FAST Download Information Sheet.  Be sure to enter all progress monitoring data into the IEP.

REMINDER Regarding Preschool Eligible Students and Open Enrollment

Parents of a preschool, special education eligible student may request to open enroll their child in a district other than their district of residence to receive special education instructional services in a preschool, pre-kindergarten or early childhood special education program.  Open enrollment paperwork does not need to be completed for non-disabled preschoolers or for a preschool child with an IEP for support services only (e.g, speech, OT, PT services only) who are attending in a district other than the one in which she resides.  If you haven’t already, please verify that the instructional IEP-eligible preschool students attending and receiving special education in your district who reside in a neighboring district have completed Open Enrollment paperwork.  If you have additional questions, please see the Procedures Manual, the Open Enrollment Handbook, or contact your Regional Director.

Special Education Director Network

Special Education Director Network meetings will occur three times throughout the school year.  Special Education Directors, building administrators, and special education coaches are welcome to attend to learn more about current issues in special education.  Meeting dates and locations are listed below.  Register at http://bit.ly/2uQTOSp.


  • Sept 27 1:00 – 3:30
  • Dec 7 1:00 – 3:30
  • April 11 1:00 – 3:30


  • Sept 28 1:00 – 3:30
  • Dec 8 8:30 – 11:00
  • April 12 1:00 – 3:30

Foundations of Special Education!

Great Prairie will offer Foundations of Special Education course this fall.  This course will provide principals and other district administrators an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the supervision and administration of special education services.  Sessions will be held in Ottumwa on October 10 and 24 from 8:30 – 4:00.  Sessions will be held in Burlington on October 11 and 25 from 8:30 – 4:00.  Registration links are below:

Navigating the Transition Process; Planning for Educators and Families 

NOTICE: Formally named “Transition Family Planning  Extended from 2 day training to 3 day training

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