Why SpEd Forms?
School districts often ask why they should purchase SpEd Forms to replace the integrated IEP that is included with their Student Information System (SIS). The answer: SpEd Forms is comprehensive, up-to-date special education software that saves time and money.
1. Ease of use.
SpEd Forms was designed by special educators, not computer programmers. It works the way special educators think. It comes complete with up-to-date Minnesota-specific data entry tools designed to make it easier for teachers to complete forms, including: drop down menus wherever applicable, thousands of sample goals and objectives, templates for commonly used tests, and disability-specific evaluation report templates. These tools save teachers countless hours, easily outweighing the time needed to enter data into a SIS.
Teachers are your most valuable resource. SpEd Forms makes it possible for them to spend less time completing due process paperwork and more time with students.
To remain compliant, school districts need forms and templates that are updated each time compliance requirements change. SISs are unable to keep pace with these changes. Districts using SIS IEPs fall out of compliance, often for months, waiting for due process forms to be updated. SpEd Forms updates forms and templates as soon as new information becomes available.
Being out of compliance costs your school district. SpEd Forms helps ensure your district stays in compliance.
3. Integrated third party billing.
Third party billing for health-related IEP services can be an extremely time consuming and cumbersome process. MA Forms makes the collection of billing information easy by minimizing paper shuffling and eliminating double entry. MA Forms includes an integrated billing system that allows schools to electronically submit bulk claims directly to DHS, eliminating the need to use expensive medical billing agencies.
MA Forms simplifies third party billing and eliminates the need to contract with expensive medical billing agencies.
4. Statewide student sharing.
When a student moves from one SpEd Forms district to another, a copy of the complete SpEd Forms student record can be sent electronically to the new district. The sending district saves the time and expense of duplicating and mailing the special education file, while the receiving district has immediate access to the information needed to begin serving the student appropriately and doesn’t have to rekey student information into their system.
Today’s families are on the move. SpEd Forms moves with them.
5. Hardware compatibility.
Because SpEd Forms is web based, it can be accessed from any location (school, home or wherever) on any computing device (desktop, laptop or tablet) that is connected to the internet. SpEd Forms works with Windows computers, laptops and tablets using Explorer or Chrome browsers; with Mac OS computers and iPads using Safari or Chrome browsers; and with Android computers and tablets using Chrome browser.
Sped Forms works on all your desktop, portable and tablet devices.
6. Information you need.
SpEd Forms provides users with the information they need to work efficiently and effectively. For example: SpEd Forms alerts IEP Managers before an annual IEP or reevaluation is due; assessment staff can print a list of all upcoming reevaluations in a building or district; principals can check timeline compliance within their buildings; testing coordinators can generate a list of all students who require accommodations; transportation personnel can quickly identify all students requiring special transportation; administrators can examine current teacher and related staff workloads; and special education administrators can identify all students who require ESY services. In addition to the numerous reports built-into SpEd Forms, districts can easily design their own custom reports to meet their unique needs.
Sped Forms provides the data you need to make informed decisions.
7. Focus on special education.
SpEd Forms, Inc. specializes in supporting special education. All its energy and resources are devoted toward a single goal: making SpEd Forms the most comprehensive, user-friendly special education product available to MN schools. A Forms Committee, composed of special educators from across the state, reviews suggestions submitted by users to insure SpEd Forms continues to improve. When problems do arise, SpEd Forms customer support staff work to resolve problems quickly, often within one or two hours.
Special education requires focus. SpEd Forms specializes in special education.
8. Data exchange with district SIS.
The main advantage of an SIS IEP is that when a student’s special education program changes, that information is automatically updated in the student database. That advantage disappears when districts choose to import key data elements from their SIS systems into SpEd Forms, and export data from SpEd Forms that their local IT staff can upload into the district SIS.
Importing and exporting data saves staff time and effort, and ensures both systems are accurate and up-to-date.