Special Education platform relaunched in improved version

By John McPhaul

Education Secretary Eligio Hernández Pérez announced on Tuesday that the main platform of the Special Education program has been redesigned and relaunched with the purpose of improving and facilitating the processes and experience of the 12,843 officials who use it.

Mi Portal Especial (MIPE by its Spanish acronym), underwent a redevelopment that began in stages in November 2019, led by the associate secretary for special education, Eliezer Ramos Parés.

“MIPE is the backbone of the special education program. It was time to optimize and temper it with current technology, especially at this time when the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to rethink and improve all the processes that are carried out digitally,” Hernández Pérez said in a written statement. “Now the MIPE is in the cloud and accessible from any device. Officials who use it will see a big difference and a better user experience. We hope to incorporate a module for parents, so that they are more integrated and have greater visibility in their children’s processes.”

To guarantee a better understanding of the platform, Ramos Parés scheduled a series of virtual training sessions and published user guides. It is estimated that, on average, some 3,600 officials use the MIPE daily.

¨We took this initiative with the objective of being able to provide officials with a better experience when carrying out the processes of the special education program,” Ramos Parés said. “Through the use of new technology, with the best standards, users will have a more agile and modern platform, which can be accessed through multiple types of devices (computers, tablets or mobiles). The new version comes with a new design that gives the platform an academic and perspective approach that prioritizes the user experience in such a way that it is very easy to use.”

The platform, created in 2010, is owned by the Education Department and the new version represents its most significant update so far, the officials said.

Among the platform’s most outstanding features is the Electronic IEP, or Individualized Education Program, which establishes the educational and related services that will constitute the educational program of each student in the special education program each academic year. Since the Electronic IEP module was launched in March, 85,000 electronic IEPs have been processed, from signing to completion, through the new version of the platform.

The MIPE has about 12,843 users and the new version has been available since Sept. 28. Special education enrollment stands at 102,475 active students for the current school year.

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