Special Ed audit reports Killeen ISD making ‘good progress’

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A follow-up audit by independent experts says the Killeen Independent School District has made “good progress” in improving their special education services, according to a report set to be considered by the school board this Tuesday.

The Gibson Consulting Group conducted a follow‐up audit of the district’s Special Education Department to determine how effectively the district had responded to recommendations made by the firm in its March 2016 Internal Audit of Special Education report.

The follow-up audit started in September 2017, and the final report was provided by Gibson to Killeen ISD leaders on Friday, April 6. The follow-up audit involved interviews by Gibson officials with the leadership and staff, school visits and analysis of data from the Texas Education Agency.

The audit found Killeen ISD has completed or substantially completed nine major recommendations made in the original audit for special education program improvements, and partially completed four others.

While originally Killeen ISD did not agree to pursue action under the six other recommendations made in the audit, organizational and programmatic improvements since then have helped put the district in position to pursue further improvement as suggested in those recommendations.

The report said the original audit was “conducted during difficult times for KISD’s special education program. The program leadership position was vacant and had been vacant for most of the 2015 calendar year; the TEA was investigating program non‐compliance; and, negative public perceptions of the program had been voiced during board meetings and through the media. Further, like many Texas school systems, KISD was struggling with its special education student achievement, as indicated by low and declining scores in the state’s accountability system for special education.”

The audit report noted academic performance in the special education program remains “relatively constant” but praises the “notable exception of Math, where student performance has increased significantly on both the STAAR Grades 3‐8 and EOC assessments.”

The school board will review the audit report at its meeting Tuesday, April 10, at district headquarters, 200 N. WS Young Drive, in Killeen. The public portion of the meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Source: Killeen Independent School District

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