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Whale Shark Software IEP goal/accommodation tracking for Special Education.

Created for administrators and special education teachers to collect and organize student IEP and Accommodation data.






Data collection from your mobile phone.



IEP Goals Progress Report

Latest News

17-Aug-2017 Mobile Apps for both iOS and Android are now available.
31-July-2017 Open Beta Testing July 31. Sign Up Here
31-July-2017 North Carolina Association of Public Schools Conference (NCAPCS), Greensboro, NC

Upcoming Events

Oct 1-4 2017 North Carolina Council of Administrators of Special Education (NC CASE) Conference,
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Nov 15-17 2017 Exceptional Children Conference, Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Greensboro, NC

What We Do

Whale Shark Software offers an application that allows your special- and general-education teachers to easily collect IEP goal progress and accommodation use data with the click of a button. Developed with input from EC teachers and specialists, EC-AID (Exceptional Children Accommodation & IEP Data) allows your team to drive decisions based on data collected in class as it happens. EC-AID generates graphs that will display a student's growth over time. Our student-centered model allows all teachers, specialists and therapists to collect and record data points to ensure progress-monitoring compliance.


What is progress monitoring?

In the context of IEP Goals, progress monitoring means assessing a student's academic and/or behavioral performance, using brief measures, on a regular basis. When implemented correctly, benefits include:

  • Accelerated learning because students are receiving more appropriate instruction
  • Informed instructional decisions
  • Documentation of student progress
  • More efficient communication with families and other professionals about students’ progress
  • Higher expectations for students by teachers

IEP Goal Measurement Cycle

Graphically display IEP Goal progress

Why are Graphs useful?

Graphs:

  • Provide clear visual representation of progress over time
  • Increase productive communication at IEP meetings
  • Can be used to develop more appropriate goals
  • Provide solid information to easily share with new teachers and administrators
  • Can help students to visualize their own progress1
  • Can motivate students to work more diligently toward their goals1

1 students do not have direct access to EC-AID but results may be shared with students in IEP meetings or at the case manager's discretion.

The Solution


Exceptional Children Accommodations & IEP Data (EC-AID) Tracking

EC-AID is a special purpose, FERPA-compliant application that allows Special Education departments to track IEP goal progress and accommodation use. By putting an easy to use interface in the hands of the teachers, accurate data can be collected, reported, stored, and acted upon. Too often, this critical data is forgotten, or even fabricated, because it is not being recorded at the time it happens. EC-AID encourages IEP goals to be written in a way that is measurable and one can set the number of measurements to be enforced by the system. Case Managers can be alerted if data samples are not being recorded as the semester progresses allowing for problems to be addressed before it is too late.

EC-AID prompts teachers to record goals with a very simple interface. The prevalence of smart devices puts this tracking in the palm of their hands or as near as any web browser. In addition to recording progress towards a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals, teachers can easily access student accommodations to prepare for a test or quiz. The use of or rejection of an accommodation is also tracked allowing Case Managers and parents to see what helps and what doesn't.


What are the advantages of using EC-AID?

  • Encourages writing IEP goals that are measurable.
  • Data collection is prompted so that teachers don’t have to remember to do it.
  • Case managers can see and follow up when data collection is not happening.
  • No paper data collection forms to print, distribute, fill out, collect, file or lose.
  • Reports can be printed and filed, or re-printed as needed.
  • Lightweight, special purpose application allows it to be affordable.


How does it work?

Using EC-AID starts with one or more case managers and a program administrator (who could also be a case manager). Case Managers are typically members of the Special Education department. They enter some basic student information, accommodations and IEP Goals.

The remaining users are the teachers – anyone who might be measuring IEP goal progress or need to administer student accommodations. These users are invited to sign up by the program administrator or case manager. The sign-up process is quick and simple.

One aspect of each IEP goal is the number of times data is to be sampled during the semester. The system will automatically prompt each associated teacher when to sample and record the data. A sample could be answering questions such as "Did the student use his or her agenda today?" or "How many questions out of what total did he or she get correct?". At the end of the semester, the case manager can print the report and file per I.D.E.A. (Individuals with Disabilities Act) requirements. As required by law, the data will be stored for seven years.

For student accommodations, EC-AID will allow a teacher to see the accommodations they need to provide during a particular period. Each accommodation can be recorded as being used or rejected. If rejected, a student signature can be captured. This gives case managers the hard data needed to prove that accommodations are offered and if they are being used.


Whale Shark Software - Tools for Special Education

Vision

Every educator has access to affordable tools that ease the burden of collecting, reporting and maintaining special needs student data.

Mission

To provide a secure and low cost solution to special needs educators for collecting, managing and reporting data by harnessing and leveraging today’s readily available cloud, encryption and mobile technologies.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Why do I need Whale Shark's EC-AID?

Federal law specifies that decisions regarding a student’s education be “data driven”. Unfortunately, there are no guidelines or processes given on how to collect or use this information. Much of the data must come from overworked teachers with no special education experience. The importance of accurately measuring goal progress may not be apparent to some. As a result, tracking becomes low priority, sporadic, and too many times, fabricated because it wasn’t tracked in a timely manner.


Grants Pass Sch. Dist. v. Student, 65 IDELR 207 (D. Or. 2015)

The school district was not required to use the parent’s preferred data collection method, and was justified in using a “regression and recoupment” formula for determining a student’s need for ESY services. The court criticized the ALJ’s reliance on the experts' testimony about optimum data collection methods.

Because the collection and analysis of educational data is a question of methodology, the court explained, the district was free to use any method that allowed the student to receive FAPE. The data that the district collected before and after the winter and spring breaks supported the IEP Team’s decision that the student did not require ESY services to prevent “undue regression” — the standard set by state law.


Cobb County Sch. Dist. v. D.B., 66 IDELR 134 (N.D. Ga. 2015)

A behavior specialist’s failure to collect data on the consequences of a 5-year-old child’s aggressive behavior at school invalidated her recommendations. The behavior specialist collected data on the antecedents and behavior, but failed to collect data on the consequences of the child’s behavior (she did the A-B, but not the C). Therefore, the court ruled that the FBA (Functional Behavior Assessment) developed was insufficient and failed to properly identify the child’s needs and could not be used to develop an appropriate IEP or behavior plan.


When will the software be available?

EC-AID is now available for free trial.

EC-AID will move to a subscription based model in October 2017.

Sign-up here.


Is my data secure?

YES! The cloud-based platform has been designed and tested to be FERPA-compliant. Your student's data will only be seen by those you allow to see it.


How much will it cost?

We set out to create an affordable tool that brought mobile technology to address the challenge of data collection and organization. We also wanted to maximize the number of indiviudals who could participate in collecting that data. To that end, we have sought to keep the costs to

$1 per student per month.

Final pricing will be set in September 2017.

School organizations or districts managing data for 500+ students should inquire with us about bulk discounts. You can inquire by sending an email to info@whalesharksoftware.com


Okay, what's with the name Whale Shark Software?

Very simply, Whale Shark Software is inspired by a special young man dear to the company's founders. Eat. Sleep. Whale Sharks!


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