|Leslie Bechtel Van Orman
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), Part B, Section 300.600(a) of the Federal Regulations states:
The state must monitor the implementation of this part, enforce this part in accordance with §300.604 (a)(1) and (a)(3), (b)(2)(i) and (b)(2)(v), and (c)(2), and annually report on performance under this part. (b) The primary focus of the State’s monitoring activities must be on: (1) improving educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities; and (2) ensuring that public agencies meet the program requirements under Part B of the Act, with a particular emphasis on those requirements that are most closely related to improving educational results for children with disabilities.
Consistent with the requirements established in 34 C.F.R. §§300.600 through 300.604, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) employs a Continuous Improvement – Focused Monitoring (CIFM) system that focuses on those elements of information and data that most directly relate to or influence student performance, educational results and functional outcomes for children with disabilities. The CIFM system is a major component of the State’s overall general supervision structure.
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