The Best Practices for Inclusive Education (BPIE) district-level self-assessment is a FIN-facilitated process to identify and prioritize areas of need for inclusive practices that enable all students with disabilities to achieve their highest potential. The BPIE processes are based on work by experts in the field, best practice literature, and peer-reviewed research. When implemented with fidelity, and informed by the school-level BPIE self-assessment, the BPIE processes lead to the development of a Plan for Inclusive Education, reflecting short-term and long-term improvement efforts that increase effective inclusive practices across the district.
The Florida Inclusion Network provides support for the implementation of BPIE and the related Plan for Inclusive Education in all Florida school districts.
District Best Practices for Inclusive Education Self-Assessment
The District BPIE Assessment includes 30 best practice indicators related to district level practices that effect and support inclusion in all schools across the district. The district BPIE indicators are grouped within three major domains:
1) Leadership and Decision‐making
2) Instruction and Student Achievement
3) Communication and Collaboration
The district BPIE process is intended to:
- Facilitate a self‐assessment for districts to evaluate current status of inclusive best practices
- Initiate discussion among district leaders and stakeholders to identify priority needs for improvement
- Develop measurable goals and action steps to increase or improve inclusive best practices across the district
- Validate areas of strength in the implementation of best practices for inclusive education for all SWDs
- Monitor and report progress toward the implementation of inclusive best practices at the district level
- Provide data from districts to analyze and determine the status of inclusive practices across the state
District BPIE Resources
School Best Practices for Inclusive Education Self-Assessment
Led by a FIN facilitator or a FIN-trained leader, the School Best Practices for Inclusive Education (BPIE) Assessment is a school self-assessment process designed to identify priority needs, develop goals, plan improvement strategies, and organize resources to support the implementation of inclusive practices for students with disabilities. The School BPIE results are used at the school, and are also embedded in the district’s Plan for Inclusive Education.
The BPIE includes 34 indicators of inclusive practices, aligned with the district level BPIE, that are categorized within the following three domains.
- Leadership and Decision Making
- Instruction and Student Achievement
- Communication and Collaboration
A FIN facilitator or FIN-trained leader assists the school team, which is selected by the school administrator, in reviewing and rating the School BPIE indicators. Based on the final team assessment ratings, priority indicators are identified and short-term and long-term improvement strategies are developed to improve and increase inclusive practices across the school.
For more information about the School BPIE and how you can be involved in supporting inclusion, please explore the following resources:
School BPIE Resources
For more information about the Florida Statute that defines inclusion and the School BPIE requirement, please click the following link: Florida Statute Section 1003.57
For more information about the School BPIE Assessment process, please contact your school administrator, your district Exceptional Student Education (ESE) office or the Florida Inclusion Network.