In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 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 Delaware’s performance and targets on 20 indicators. Delaware’s SPP is available here.

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 educational 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.

The state must make LEA data on each indicator available to the public each year. The Delaware School District Progress on State Performance Plan Indicators for Students with Disabilities  for 2007-2008 is available here.

Delaware LEA determinations* (ratings) for the 2007-2008 school year are available here (PDF, 1 pg).

*IDEA Money Watch obtained this information via a request for public records to the Delaware state department of education. The LEA ratings are not made available to the public by the Delaware dept. of education.

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.

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