MS LEA RATINGS
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 Mississippi’s targets on 20 special education indicators. Information 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.
The state must make LEA data on each indicator available to the public each year. Information on LEA performance for the 2007-2008 school year, called “Mississippi Special Education District Data Profiles” is available here.
The LEA determinations for Mississippi based on 2007-2008 data are available here (PDF, 8 pgs). *
*Note: This information was obtained through a request for public records as the state does not make this information available on its Web site. 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.