HI LEA RATING

Hawaii has received a “Meets Requirements” rating from the U.S. Department of Eduction for its implementation of the IDEA. Since Hawaii is a single school district, this rating also serves as the LEA rating. The letter to Hawaii from USED is below. Additional details on Hawaii’s performance are available here. This rating makes Hawaii eligible to reduce its local special education expenditures by up to 50% of the increase it will receive in FY09 in federal funds — a substantial increase due to the Recovery Act funds that Hawaii will receive.

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June1, 2009

Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto

Superintendent of Education

Hawaii Department of Education

1390 Miller Street, #307

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Dear Superintendent Hamamoto:

Thank you for the timely submission of Hawaii’s Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2007 Annual Performance Report (APR) and revised State Performance Plan (SPP) under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  We also acknowledge the revisions to Hawaii’s APR received on April 7, 2009.  We appreciate the State’s efforts in preparing these documents.

The Department has determined that, under IDEA section 616(d), Hawaii meets the requirements of Part B of IDEA.  The Department’s determination is based on the totality of the State’s data and information including the State’s FFY 2007 APR and revised SPP, other State-reported data, and other publicly available information.  See the enclosure entitled “How the Department Made Determinations under Section 616(d) of the IDEA in 2009″ for further details.

Specific factors affecting the Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP’s) determination that Hawaii meets requirements under IDEA section 616(d) include:  (1) The State provided valid and reliable FFY 2007 data reflecting the measurement for each indicator; and (2) The State reported correction of its FFY 2006 findings of noncompliance or high levels of compliance for Indicators 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, and 20.  We commend Hawaii for its performance.

The enclosed table provides OSEP’s analysis of the State’s FFY 2007 APR and revised SPP and identifies, by indicator, OSEP’s review of any revisions made by the State to its targets, improvement activities (timelines and resources) and baseline data in the State’s SPP.  The table also identifies, by indicator, the State’s status in meeting its targets, whether the State’s data reflect progress or slippage, and whether the State corrected noncompliance and provided valid and reliable data.

Since you included revisions to baseline, targets or improvement activities in your APR submission, and OSEP accepted those revisions, please ensure that you update your SPP accordingly and that the updated SPP is made available to the public.

In its October 17, 2008 Memorandum 09-02, “Reporting on Correction of Noncompliance in the Annual Performance Report Required under Sections 616 and 642 of the IDEA,” OSEP provided Chief State School Officers and Lead Agency Directors with important information regarding:  (1) requirements for identifying noncompliance and reporting on the correction of noncompliance in States’ APRs; and (2) how OSEP will, beginning with the  FFY 2008 APR, due February 1, 2010, consider the correction of noncompliance in making annual determinations for States pursuant to section 616(d) of the IDEA.  Most significantly, beginning with our 2010 determinations:

1.      OSEP will no longer consider a State to be in substantial compliance relative to a compliance indicator based on evidence of correction of the previous year’s noncompliance if the State’s current year data for that indicator reflect a very low level of compliance (generally 75% or below); and

2.      OSEP will credit a State with correction of noncompliance relative to a child-specific compliance indicator only if the State confirms that it has addressed each instance of noncompliance identified in the data for an indicator that was reported in the previous year’s APR, as well as any noncompliance identified by the Department more than one year previously.  The State must specifically report, for each compliance indicator, whether it has corrected all of the noncompliance identified in its data for that indicator in the prior year’s APR as well as that identified by the Department more than one year previously.

It is important for each State to review the guidance in the memorandum, and to raise any questions with your OSEP State Contact.  The memorandum may be found at:  http://spp-apr-calendar.rrfcnetwork.org/explorer/view/id/656.

OSEP is committed to supporting Hawaii’s efforts to improve results for children and youth with disabilities and looks forward to working with your State over the next year.  If you have any questions, would like to discuss this further, or want to request technical assistance, please contact Debra Jennings your OSEP State Contact, at 202-245-7389.

Sincerely,

/s/ Patricia J. Guard

Patricia J. Guard

Acting Director

Office of Special Education Programs

Enclosures

cc:  State Director of Special Education

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