Oklahoma, along with other states, is developing astate-specific improvement plan for students with disabilities that utilizes data to identify gaps in student performance, analyze state systems, and then implement targeted, evidence-based reforms to address the gaps. Work on this plan was mandated by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 and phased out from FFY 2013 to FFY 2018.
Updates (current to 01/01/2018)
ABLE Tech has played an integral role in the development and execution of Oklahoma’s State Systemic Improvement Plans targeting those birth to under age 3 (Part C) and school-age children (Part B). The plans were intentionally aligned to focus on early literacy for Part C and improve 3rd grade reading scores for Part B. Both plans include strategies to increase access to assistive technology (AT).
Part B Update:
During the 2016-2017 school year, ABLE Tech collaborated with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to provide trainings to educators, administrators, and related service providers in Tulsa County on the topics of considering and assessing students’ AT needs. Specific information was given regarding assessing students’ needs for reading accommodations, and ABLE Tech provided free licenses of the Universal Protocols for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR) to educators serving students in Pre-K through 3rd grade. With a goal of training 60 educators, administrators, and related service providers, ABLE Tech succeeded in training 40. Plans for the 2017-2018 school year include training 20 additional participants in Tulsa County then collaborating with OSDE to scale up the plan in other areas of Oklahoma. ABLE Tech is also working with OSDE and the Oklahoma Parents Center to provide targeted information and training to parents in Tulsa County. A Reading Carnival will be hosted in Tulsa County in September 2017 to encourage families of children in Pre-K through 3rd grade to read and engage in literacy and learning activities. Information, resources, and free materials on AT, accommodations, and early literacy will be provided.
Part C Update:
During the 2016-2017 school year, ABLE Tech collaborated with OSDE to provide trainings to SoonerStart personnel in Tulsa County. ABLE Tech provided two face-to-face trainings on the topics of AT for Early Literacy and Funding and Transitioning AT. 40 participants completed the trainings. ABLE Tech also provided materials on ABLE Tech and AT related to early literacy for Parent Resource Kits that were distributed to families of children birth to under age 3 around Tulsa County. Plans for the 2017-2018 school year include collaborating with OSDE to scale up the plan in other areas of Oklahoma.