In July, US DOE reported that only thirteen states met their own “self-imposed” requirements for educating children with disabilities. Not very promising, but a slight improvement from 2007 when only nine states met their requirements.
IDEA 2004 established a requirement that all states develop and submit a State Performance Plan (SPP) to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
The state plan should:
- evaluate the state’s implementation of IDEA
- describe how the state will improve implementation, and
- indicate how the state will improve the educational and functional outcomes for children with disabilities, using baseline data, projected targets, and activities to achieve those targets.
Each state is required to submit an Annual Performance Report (APR) on the performance of each of its local agencies according to the targets in its Plan (SPP).
Each state is required to post its Performance Plan SPP on the state education website and is required to annually report its progress to OSEP and the public.
Last year when State Report Cards were released, we questioned what would happen. Would schools take the data to heart and use it to improve performance?
The 2008 Report Cards on state performance released in July indicated:
- 8 states “Need Improvement”
- 23 states remain on the “Need Improvement” list for the 2nd consecutive year
- 4 states “Need Intervention”
- 3 states remain on the “Need Intervention” list for the 2nd consecutive year
Read more about the IDEA 2004 requirement for State Performance Plans. IDEA Report Cards
Do you know your state’s performance? Pass or fail? Find your state’s Report Card here. http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/monitor/factsheet.html
Individual state letters can be found here: http://www.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/partbspap/index.html
To find the specific data for your state and your school district, go to your State Department of Education or simply google “[your state name] state performance plan”.