Evergreen Independent Review

During the 2013-14 school year, Superintendent Robert Runcie initiated an independent review of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Support Services across the district. This review consisted of a collection of reports and data sources from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and BCPS; and input from parents, employees, and community stakeholders via surveys and face-to-face meetings. A comparison of six peer school districts in Florida and five top performing school districts across the nation was also conducted.

Through a RFP process conducted in November 2013, Evergreen Solutions was hired to conduct a comprehensive review of the ESE and Support Services. This five-month review, which began in January 2014, included a collection of reports and data sources from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and BCPS; and input from parents, employees, and community stakeholders via surveys and face-to-face meetings. A comparison of six peer school districts in Florida and five top performing school districts across the nation was also conducted.

What did we learn?

Evergreen's report findings lead to 45 commendations and 110 recommendations of which the following five priority areas were derived:

  • Expand the continuum of services and placements for students with disabilities within each school
  • Improve staffing levels
  • Reinforce and support child find and response-to-intervention (CPS/RtI) teams
  • Establish a framework to promote and support meaningful and appropriate involvement of all stakeholders
  • Closely monitor ESE budgets and expenditures

What have we accomplished?

What’s Next?

Development of recommended priority goals by the ESE Community Task Force to the Superintendent Runcie by Spring 2014