HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-101

Liz Zogby
Maryland Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition
Requested Information
I am writing to request the following data with respect to students in Howard County whose IEP teams have determined that they should participate in the alternate assessment.

I am interested in counts of students taking alt assessment:

· By LRE

· By grade

· By disability code

· By pursuit of a high school diploma vs. a certificate of program completion

I am seeking data from the 2017-18 SY through the 2020-21 SY.

Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, while this information is kept by individual student for each entry/iteration by the IEP team, no existing report pulls counts of students determined to participate in alt assessments per year and aggregated by the items sought. Under the MPIA process, and as advised in the Sixteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, an agency is only obligated to produce existing records and is not required to generate new data or summarize data, nor is an agency required to program a new record if the type of data extraction requested is outside its normal course of business per the MPIA GP § 4-205(c)(4)(iii).

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