In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), each state must have in place a State Performance Plan (SPP) to evaluate the state’s efforts to meet the requirements and purposes of the implementation of IDEA. The SPP is a six-year plan which describes Alaska’s performance on 20 indicators.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education requires that states report annually to the public on the performance of each local education agency (LEA) on 16 of the 20 indicators. In addition, the state must assign each LEA one of four “ratings” each year, based on the LEA’s performance on the SPP indicators. The four ratings are:  Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention, or Needs Substantial Intervention. Information on Alaska’s determination criteria is available here.

The state must make LEA data on each indicator available to the public each year. Information on LEA performance, called “special education district profiles” is available here.

The determinations assigned to Alaska LEAs are available here. *

*NOTE: This information was obtained through a request for public records, as it is not available on the state dept. of education Web site.

On October 21, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education encouraged all states to inform the public of the criteria used in making LEA determinations and the determination category of each LEA in the State by posting this information on the SEA’s Internet Web site.