What is Stepwell?

In the fast paced, high stakes world of special education, intense collaboration around results driven accountability is the key to not only compliance, but to system improvement at every level.

Stepwell’s core is the work of LEA’s in response to specific findings around Parts B and C indicators and general supervision monitoring activities. Stepwell ensures that the work itself is well defined; the right data is available at the right time to inform root cause analysis and provide a firm foundation for improvement planning; best practice is “automatic,” embedded in every step a district takes in response to a finding; a communications engine optimizes requests and notifications to ensure they are directed to the right person and when necessary. Stepwell users collaborate for results, not stopping at merely communicating and coordinating for compliance.

Clearing away obstacles to collaboration between a monitor and an LEA team involve providing a monitor visibility into timely and relevant data, history, individuals engaged in the work, process, and status related to timelines in the event of a finding.

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Learn more about the Stepwell app in our video overview.


Powerful performance metrics

Stepwell’s Data Bytes compile relevant data to create a snapshot into a district’s performance.

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User-friendly workflow automation

Our progress tracking methods keep things moving in the system to ensure improvement plans are being followed with clear next steps to work toward.

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Alignment of SEA monitoring/local initiatives

Visible plan reporting and instant communication allows SEAs and LEAs to be on the same page for improvement.

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Flexible reporting options

Stepwell allows state education agencies to configure reports to meet the needs of the different roles specific to their state.

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On-demand data

With everything on one platform, education officials can quickly find the data they need.

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Web-based, collaborative workspace

Our integrated platform allows mobile access to data and communication.

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How will Stepwell help my students?

Stepwell ensures that improvement plans get followed with our automated workflow.

Is my data safe?

Stepwell uses the most up-to-date security and encryption methods to keep data in the right hands.

How do I know what work needs to get done?

Stepwell’s dashboard allows users to see what deadlines are coming up and what they need to do to meet them.

I like the data system I currently have. Can I keep using it?

Stepwell can easily integrate with other data platforms, enhancing the value of the system overall.

How will Stepwell change the work of SEAs?

Stepwell lets SEAs have a broad view of state compliance status and discrete look at individual district activities.

How will Stepwell change the work of LEAs?

LEAs never again have to worry that they don’t have insight into their own special education correction and improvement activities.

Our Team

With a strong background in teaching and our first hand experience working with state monitoring agencies, the strengths of the Stepwell team have given us a unique perspective on how to build our platform. Having dealt with many of the struggles of IDEA monitoring ourselves, we have built a platform that will solve the headaches of day-to-day compliance work and also get at the root causes of these issues to get impactful results.

Our company, Red Cedar Solutions Group, has extensive expertise in building educational support systems. Our past experiences in building data systems for the Michigan Department of Education and developing our own apps for educational improvement have guided us in our creation of Stepwell. Stepwell is the culmination of these efforts and our team is confident that it will bring visibility and improved results to special education.

Latest Blog Posts

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How States Can Improve Their Support of Special Education Outcomes

By Andrew Henry For the last several months, I have been arguing that Result-Driven Accountability holds the key to improving special education outcomes. In a series of posts, I’ve set forth a vision for how state education agencies (SEAs) can adopt a results-driven approach to special education compliance monitoring, leading to real improvement gains in […]

How to Upgrade the Improvement Planning Process for Special Education

By Andrew Henry In the world of special education compliance, state officials typically give local school systems a compliance rating that focuses on whether they did, or didn’t, meet certain indicators. For the most part, it’s up to each school district to independently develop and implement a plan that will improve their numbers by the following year. This […]

Let’s Take the ‘Gotcha’ Out of Special Education Compliance Monitoring

By Andrew Henry Like many others in special education, I have argued that the move from monitoring for compliance to improving quality for results is the only thing likely to improve special education outcomes. I have described how states and school systems can empower teams to evaluate the quality of special education programs using data. […]

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