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Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System (CIFMS)

Policy, Monitoring and Audit

Monitoring Consultants

PURPOSE :: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Article Nine of North Carolina state law require that the Department of Public Instruction monitor local education agencies (LEAs) on a regular basis to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, rules and regulations that govern the provision of special education and related services to children with disabilities. The purpose of this monitoring is to focus federal, state, and local resources on improved results for children with disabilities.

The Exceptional Children Division is responsible for conducting all monitoring activities through the Continuous Improvement and Focused Monitoring System (CIFMS). Activities include:

  • Program Compliance Reviews;
  • Targeted On-Site Monitoring;
  • Focused Monitoring; and
  • LEA Program Assessments.

Improvement Planning


Monitoring: Program Compliance Review

Class Size/Caseload Waivers

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