Social/behavioral hours should not be all day. All though the student may need intervention or skill training at any time, the staff are not providing direct instruction in the measurable annual goals for Social/Behavioral services for 30 hours a week. Like any other service, they need to figure out the amount of time they will spend providing direct instruction in SEB and put that in as the service hours. If the amount of time varies by day, average by week. They need to have MAG that are about teaching appropriate skills, not just MAG for the absence of behavior, ("Joe Bob will not spit on staff 4/5 times.")
§300.39 Special education. (a) General. (1) Special education means specially designed instruction, . . . , to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability,
So regardless of the setting in which the services are delivered, the special education service minutes are the time in which the student is actually receiving specially designed instruction to meet his or her unique needs, e.g., instruction on the IEP goals.
This is an area in which we have written corrective actions, an example of which is below.
If you have further questions, call the Special Education Division at 406-444-5661 and ask to speak to a monitor.
Corrective Action #10:
Finding: For students enrolled in the SLP program at Stipek High School, IEPs did not identify the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child. Prior to entering the program student IEPs would identify special education services in a number of areas, with multiple measurable annual goals. Once entering the program, IEP services were identified as "Academic" or "Behavioral" for thirty hours a week, typically with only one measurable annual goal to progress within the SLP program. §300.320 (a) (4) Definition of individualized education program.
Required Action: For each student enrolled in the SLP program at Stipek high school, the student's IEP must clearly identify the special education services to be provided to the student and the measurable annual goals and special education service hours for each service area. The OPI is available to provide training for staff in this area.
Evidence of Change: IEPs for students enrolled in the SLP program at Stipek High School will clearly identify the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child.