Comprehensive Review (CR)

The purpose of the Comprehensive Review is:

  • To provide effective general supervision to local educational agencies (LEAs) in accordance with the obligations imposed on the State Education Agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in accordance with the State Performance Plan (SPP), and as required by Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations Section 300.600

  • To ensure that the LEAs, county offices of education (COE), and Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) are providing appropriate supervision and monitoring for special education programs and services

  • To provide information to the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding key compliance questions

As a part of the CDE’s responsibility for supervision and monitoring of local educational agencies for compliance with the IDEA, the CR process may include any, or all, of the following monitoring activities:

  • Review of selected pupil records and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

  • Interviews with parents/guardians, general/special education teachers, LEA administrators and other school personnel

  • General parent/guardian input about special education programs and services collected from parent surveys, Parent Training and Information Centers, and Family Empowerment Centers serving families within the LEA boundaries

  • Review of local policies, procedures, and the Special Education Local Plan for compliance with the IDEA

  • Fiscal review