The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) required states to submit State Performance Plans (SPP) to the U.S. Department of Education four years ago. The SPP consisted of 14 indicators, involving student outcomes and district compliance with special education requirements. Every year thereafter, each state must submit a report – Annual Performance Report (APR) that shows it has made progress on all 14 indicators of the SPP. Determination of progress or lack of progress is decided from data collected by the state from all school districts.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the United States Department of Education examines the APR and makes a “Determination” about the performance of the state on one of four levels: 1) Meets Requirements, 2) Needs Assistance, 3) Needs Intervention and 4) Needs Substantial Intervention. The state of Kentucky has received a “Needs Assistance” rating from OSEP for each of the past three years.

The State is then required to make a determination for each school district on one of the same four levels.

The determination for each local school district in Kentucky (based on the 2007-2008 School Year performance report) is available here.

KDE is using the Indicators listed below which are the minimum criteria mandated by OSEP to make “Determinations” for the 2007-2008 school year. They are:

Indicator 9-Disproportionate Representation in Special Education (racial and ethnic groups)

Indicator 10-Disproportionate Representation by Specific Disability Category

Indicator 11- Child Find (students evaluated within 60 days after consent)

Indicator 12 – Students’ Individual Education Programs in Place by Their Third Birthday

Indicator 13-Secondary Transition with IEP Goals

Indicator 15-Monitoring, Complaints and Hearings (timely correction of noncompliance)

Indicator 20-Timely and Accurate State Reported Data and Reports


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