How to Calculate FTE for Special Education
The FTE on placements must reflect an accurate time a pupil is in a Special Education program.
The total FTE for time in regular education and in special education must total 100%.
How should FTE be computed?
FTE is computed using the following formula:
FTE = Amount of contact time with Special Education teacher
(total instruction) – (student lunch, recess, travel)
** Travel is subtracted only if the pupil’s school day is shortened by travel.
An example of this to find Special Education FTE is:
FTE = 30 minutes per day
360 min – (20 min – 60 min – 60 min)
FTE = 30
360 – 140
FTE = 30
FTE = .136 or 14%
To determine regular education time, subtract from 100%. Therefore, 100% - 14% = 86%.
When determining a pupil’s FTE, use the amount of time in special education. If it varies from day to day, use a weekly average. It is sufficient to report the FTE rounded to the nearest 5%. Speech/Language pathologists should report the FTE for each of the pupils as 10%, unless the actual is higher. It is not necessary to calculate out pupils lesser FTE’s. Early Childhood programs should be 50% for a half-day program, even if that is the total school time for the child.