The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education (ED), has released state determinations on implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Part B and Part C for fiscal year 2011. The Secretary of Education is required to issue annual determination letters to each state on its progress in meeting the requirements of the IDEA statute. The determinations are part of the ongoing efforts to improve education for America's 7 million children with disabilities.
The 2004 Amendments to IDEA require each state to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP) that includes baseline data, measurable and rigorous targets, and improvement activities for 18 indicators, such as graduation rate, participation and performance on assessments, and meeting evaluation timelines for Part B. The Part C SPP includes baseline data, measurable and rigorous targets, and improvement activities for 12 indicators, such as ensuring positive outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities, timely provision of services, and provision of services in natural environments. The SPP also describes how the state will improve its implementation.
For more information, visit ED's website [PDF] or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.