Overview of General Supervision in Wyoming
Per State Statute and Federal Regulation, the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is responsible for designing and implementing a system of general supervision that monitors the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). As codified in Federal Regulation (C.F.R. § 300.600) and Section 616 of the 2004 Amendments to the IDEA, the primary focus of general supervision monitoring activities is to improve the educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities. One of the mandated activities under general supervision is to monitor the Local Education Agencies (LEA) for compliance with the requirements of the IDEA. In addition to monitoring for compliance, the WDE is focused on providing support to LEAs which aims to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The WDE is responsible to ensure continuous general supervision of the IDEA, therefore the WDE may conduct a targeted monitoring of an LEA in the event that the WDE is made aware of any concerns that students with disabilities are not receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The specific statutory and regulatory foundation for general supervision can be found in Chapter 7 (Rules for Services For Children With Disabilities).
General supervision is an ongoing process for both the WDE and LEAs that involves continuous self-evaluation and implementation of activities and processes that contribute to the desired results. It functions in an integrated manner, with each component of the system relating to and informing the other components.