In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement 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 Illinois targets on 20 special education indicators. The Illinois 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 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 the Illinois LEA Determination process is available here.

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

Letters sent to all Illinois LEAs indicating the LEA determinations* (ratings) for the 2007-2008 school year are available here. (PDF, 1736 pgs.)

NOTE: IDEA Money Watch obtained this information* by submitting a Request for Public Records toIllinois State Board 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. To date, Illinois has yet to comply with this request.

2 Responses to “IL LEA RATINGS”

  1. [...] IDEA Money Watch has obtained the IDEA determinations (ratings) for Illinois school districts. Most districts received a “meets requirements” rating, allowing them to reduce local levels of special education spending by up to 50% of the increase in federal funds. Since the Recovery Act provided approximately DOUBLE the funds provided in FY 2009, this is a substantial reduction. More information and the LEA determination letters are available here. [...]

  2. Penny Richards says:

    thanks Candice for all of this info in one email.. a lot of
    good reading on a cold winter day,
    I have fwd to Illinois Attorney General’s Spl Ed comm and
    LDA/IL board members. I have already checked my
    local school district, over all, they are doing a pretty good job.
    Oswego 308
    tnx Penny

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