ADE/ESS is acutely aware of the shortage of qualified special education teachers and related service providers across Arizona. ESS/PLS has multiple activities and programs to support LEAs who confront this shortage every school year.
ESS/PLS hosts a free job board for Arizona schools to post vacancies in general and special education and review teacher candidate resumes. ESS/PLS also hosts job fairs and conducts multiple in-state and national recruiting activities on behalf of our schools.
Finally, ESS conducts an annual survey of all schools in Arizona to help track, quantify, and understand special education personnel shortages. The 2021 Teacher Attrition Survey opens on February 1, 2021 and closes on May 7, 2021
You can download a fillable document for your reference. The form is optional and intended to be a helpful tool to assist with data collection prior to inputting data into the Teacher Attrition Survey Application. This form is NOT submitted as part of the data collection process.
Accessing the Survey
This data submission is required from all district and charter schools in Arizona
The Teacher Attrition Survey is within the application “ESS Data Surveys,” which you access through the Exceptional Student Services Portal in ADE Connect. You can access ADEConnect either through your student information system (SIS) or via the ADEConnect portal.
ADEConnect is an identity management system. It protects you as a user of ADE applications, and it protects ADE from unauthorized access. FERPA (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) and the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Privacy Act (GSA 2180.1) dictates that personal information and student educational records are accessible by only those persons with a valid need. ADEConnect keeps ADE compliant with those regulations.
It is a violation of ADE’s Acceptable Use Policy to share IDs and passwords. Violators of this policy could face sanctions up to and including referral to appropriate law enforcement agencies. See the terms and conditions for more information.
You should be able to log on to ADEConnect using any web browser or your student information system (SIS).
No. Each survey question requires a response prior to final submission. If you leave a question blank, it will default to an answer of 0 (zero).
No. Please report the cumulative, total number of years the director has been employed as a special education director, in all places of employment. Our intent is to determine the range of AZ directors’ total years of experience.
No. Only count a position as vacant if it is filled by neither a contracted nor a district/charter employee.
Yes. Some questions ask you to report the total number of FTEs. Follow-up questions ask you to report salaried positions versus those employed by a contract agency.
It is the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment.
No, only report FTE positions (OPEN) if there is neither an employed nor contracted related services provider in that position.
Yes. Only report a teacher or service provider as employed if they are under contract with your district or charter. If you are not certain if a particular employee is staff or contracted, contact your HR officer to verify.
Questions related to troubleshooting technical challenges may be directed to the ESS Inbox via email. For questions related to the content or intent of a question, please contact Kim Rice.
The opening of the ESS Special Education Program Approval System for the 2021–2022 school year will open on May 17, 2021. ESS plans to have all ED-P programs that wish to operate for fiscal year 2021 to 2022 reviewed and approved by the end of June. Failure to apply to the application may cause integrity failures for public education agencies (PEAs) toward the end of the upcoming school year, which may affect state payments.