The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) requires every state to make annual determinations for every local school district (LEAs) in the state based on the LEA’s performance on the state’s performance plan. One of the following ratings must be assigned: Meets Requirements, Needs Assistance, Needs Intervention, Needs Substantial Intervention.

In a memorandum dated June 3, 2009, the Michigan Department of Education informed its local school districts that all would receive a “meets requirements” rating for the 2007-2008 school year. This ratings are important because they are used to determine a district’s eligibility to reduce its local expenditures on special education when an increase in federal funds occurs.

TO: Intermediate School District Directors of Special Education
FROM: Jacquelyn J. Thompson, Ph.D., Director
Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
SUBJECT: Issuance of Determinations for 2009
On May 14, 2009 you were notified that we were planning to issue the final determinations by early June to support the opportunities embedded in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We now anticipate that ISD packets will be mailed out on June 12, and the LEA packets will be mailed out on June 15.
There have been no changes in the methodology or the calculations since our dialogue at the ISD Directors’ meeting; all ISDs and LEAs will be receiving a Level I (Meets Requirements) for the 2007-2008 data year.
Questions may be directed to Shirley Young at (517) 241-0041, or email at youngs@michigan.gov.

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  1. [...] The Michigan Dept. of Education has informed its school districts that all districts will receive a Meets Requirements rating for the 2007-2008 school year. These ratings are important because they are used to determine the districts’ eligibility to reduce local expenditures for special education when federal funds increase. (See What’s in a Rating for more information.) The memorandum is available here. [...]

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