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Special Education Audit Updates

The following page provides ongoing updates related to the Special Education audit that is being conducted by Public Consulting Group (PCG).

The Public Consulting Group (PCG) Special Education Audit team is wrapping up their collecting and analyzing the data (Phase 3).   If you are a parent/guardian, community member, or FCPS staff member and would like to provide feedback to the special education audit team, please email at: programreviewfeedback@pcgus.com with the subject line: FCPS Special Education Review. PCG will collect further feedback through to Friday, March 31, 2023.

The Comprehensive Program Review Will Include Understanding:

Learning Environment and Specialized Services

  1. How is the District’s continuum of services organized to support a Free Appropriate Public Education(FAPE)for students with disabilities? To what degree do students have access to the general education curriculum? How are inclusive practices employed?
  2. To what extent is there disproportionate representation? 
  3. What are current behavioral practices?
  4. Specifically, how do the following specialized programs operate?
    1. Specialized self-contained
    2. Transportation and facilities 

High Expectations

  1. To what extent does FCPS implement a rigorous process to systematically monitor educational benefit? How do IEP teams determine services and placement?


  1. How does FCPS organize leadership to support special education and foster a culture that is focused on improving outcomes and post-secondary preparation?+
Project Timeline & Methodology
Dec '22 - Jan '23 Jan-Feb '23 Feb - Mar '23 Apr - May '23 May - June '23
Phase 1
Project Initiation
Phase 2
the Approach
Phase 3
Collecting and Analyzing the Data
Phase 4
Developing Useful Reports
Phase 5
Presentations and Action Planning
  • Execute Contract
  • Communications Plan and Work Plan
  • Initial Meeting with District
  • Establish Project Management Process
  • Conduct Stakeholder Kickoff Meeting
  • Identification/Approval of Data to be Collected
  • Refinement of Essential Questions/Focus of Review, Project Goals
  • Development and Approval of Data Instruments
  • Confirm Sample
  • Establish Logistics
  • Collection and Organization of Data
  • Data Analysis and Gap Identification
  • Develop Draft Report
  • Stakeholder Validation
  • Finalize Written Report
  • Prepare Executive Summary
  • Present Findings and Recommendations
  • Facilitate Action Planning

Informational Session Presentation - January 26, 2023

English Presentation Slides: Evaluation of the Special Education

Spanish Presentation Slides: Evaluación del Programa de Educación Especial

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