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Welcome to ECS Exceptional Children Services

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Cooperative Network Mission

Exceptional Children Services (ECS) is one of eleven Special Education Cooperatives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is a member the Special Education Cooperative Network. The cooperatives are funded by State-Share-Restricted-Funds from the Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Children Services (KDE DECS). Together, the eleven Special Education Cooperatives provide services to every public school district in Kentucky.

The mission of Kentucky’s Special Educational Cooperatives is to enhance the educational opportunities and outcomes of students by providing effective leadership and delivering specialized services in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, local school districts, institutes of higher education, and other service providers.
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Cooperative Network Priorities

The Special Education Cooperatives work closely with the Kentucky Department of Education and member districts to ensure alignment with and progress toward the State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Reports. Therefore, the Kentucky Continuous Monitoring Process (KCMP) drives the priorities with which we work.

Compliance Items are italicized.

Indicator 1

Percent of youth with IEPs graduating from high
school with a regular diploma

Indicator 2

Percent of youth with IEPs dropping out of high school

Indicator 3a

Percent of districts meeting the State’s AYP objectives for progress for disability subgroup

Indicator 3b

Participation rate for children with IEPs

Indicator 3c

Proficiency rate for children with IEPs

Indicator 4a

Percent of districts identified by the State as having a significant discrepancy in the rates of suspensions and expulsions of children with disabilities for greater than 10 days in a school year

Indicator 4b

Percent of districts identified by the State as having a significant discrepancy in the rates of suspensions and expulsions of greater than 10 days in a school year of children with disabilities by race and ethnicity

Indicator 4c

Suspension rates for children with disabilities are comparable to the rates for non-disabled children within the district.

Indicator 5

Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21
A. Removed from regular class less than 21% of the day.
B. Removed from regular class greater than 60% of the day; or
C. Served in public or private separate schools, residential placements, or homebound or hospital placements

Indicator 6

Percent of preschool children with IEPs who receive special education and related services in settings with typically developing peers (i.e., early childhood settings, home, and part-time early childhood/part-time early childhood special education settings)

Indicator 7

Percent of preschool children with IEPs who
demonstrate improved:
A. Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships);
B. Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy); and
C. Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs

Indicator 8

Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities

Indicator 9

Percent of districts with disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in special education and related services that is the result of inappropriate identification

Indicator 10

Percent of districts with disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in specific disability categories that is the result of inappropriate identification.

Indicator 11

Percent of children with parental consent to evaluate, who were evaluated and eligibility determined within 60 days (or state established timelines)

Indicator 12

Percent of children referred by Part C prior to age 3, who are found eligible for Part B, and who have an IEP developed and implemented by their third birthdays

Indicator 13

Percent of youth aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes coordinated, measurable, annual IEP goals and transition services that will reasonably enable the student to meet the postsecondary goals

Indicator 14

Percent of youth who had IEPs, are no longer in secondary school and who have been competitively employed, enrolled in some type of postsecondary school, or both, within one year of leaving high school

Indicator 15

General supervision system (including monitoring, complaints and hearings.) corrects noncompliance as soon as possible but in no case later than one year from identification

Indicator 20

State reported data (618 and State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report) are timely and accurate.

Compliance Items are italicized.


Cancellation and No-Show Policy for PD or Training Events

Participants who pre-register for an OVEC sponsored professional development event (workshop, seminar, conference, or other training event) that has an advertised cost tied to the event, OVEC will charged the participant’s school or district a fee for late cancellations or failing to attend the event without advanced cancellation.  The fees OVEC will charge the member district or school are as follows:

Cancellation Fees:

  • 25% of the cost ($25 minimum charge) of the PD or training if cancellation occurs 11 days or more in advance of the event.
  • 50% of the cost ($25 minimum charge) of the PD or training if cancellation occurs within 10 days of the event.
  • 75% of the cost ($25 minimum charge) of the PD or training if cancellation occurs within 3 days of the event.

No-Show Fee:

  • A charge of 100% of the cost of the PD or training ($25 minimum fee) if the participant fails to attend the event and has not cancelled prior to the date of the event.

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