Arkansas must assign each LEA one of four “ratings” each year, based on the LEA’s performance on the State Performance Plan indicators. The four ratings used to determine school district implementation of the SPP are:  Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention, or Needs Substantial Intervention.

The state must make LEA data on each indicator available to the public each year. Information on the 2007-2008 performance of Arkansas school districts is available here.

The LEA ratings* for the 2007-2008 school year are available here. (PDF, 7 pgs)

*IDEA Money Watch thanks the Disability Rights Center in Little Rock for its assistance in obtaining the LEA ratings. The Arkansas department of education responded to our request for this information with a letter stating that the state only responds to requests submitted by state citizens.

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. IDEA Money Watch hopes that Arkansas will honor this suggestion and post the LEA determinations on its state department of education web site.

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