Steven Smith, Associate Director
Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University
1780 North Research Parkway, Suite 112
Logan, Utah 84341
Steve Smith is the Director of the Center on Data and Accountability at TAESE. Mr. Smith also serves as the Knowledge Development Team Lead for the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR). The Center is a five-year project funded by the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). CIFR’s purpose is to assist states in building their capacity to report high quality data for State Maintenance of Financial Support (MFS), Local Educational Agency (LEA) Maintenance of Effort (MOE), and Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS).
Mr. Smith has special education experience at the state and school levels. He was previously employed at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in the Office of Student Learning and Partnerships (OSLP) for nearly eight years. As the Director of Operations, Mr. Smith was responsible for various components of the State's Special Education System, including Data, Fiscal, Legal, and Information Services. He also served as the Director of Interagency Educational Services, where he was responsible for oversight of the State's educational programs in juvenile detention, youth corrections, long-term care and treatment, and hospital settings.
Prior to his time at ODE, Mr. Smith spent five years as a special education teacher and case manager at a youth correctional facility in Salem, OR.
Mr. Smith earned his BS in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Science from Western Oregon University (WOU). He earned his MS in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Geography and English as a Second Language (ESL) and his Special Education Certification from WOU as well. He later completed his Initial Administrator and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs at Portland State University (PSU).