States must make annual determinations of each local educational agency (LEA) within the state to assess the implementation of IDEA based on performance on the State Performance Plan indicators; validity and reliability of data timely submitted by LEA;  evidence of uncorrected noncompliance; and any audit findings.

The RATINGS for Florida LEAs are available here (PDF). This document also shows the IDEA funds each LEA will receive under both the Recovery Act (ARRA) and the regular annual FY09 federal appropriation. It also indicates the amount that each LEA can reduce its local level of special education expenditures because of the increase in funds.

On June 2, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released its third year of state determinations on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Part B and Part C for fiscal year 2007. Florida received a “Needs Assistance” rating for the third consecutive year from USED. However, most LEAs in the state have been given a “Meets Requirements” rating from the Florida state department of education.

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