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 North Dakota’s performance targets on 20 indicators. North Dakota SPP 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. Information on North Dakota’s determination criteria is not available on the DIP Web site.

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

IDEA Money Watch has requested the LEA determinations (ratings) for the 2007-2008 school year by submitting a request for public records to the ND Dept. of Public Instruction.

The ND Dept. of Public Instruction has responded to our request with the following:

“After a lengthy conversation with our Assistant State Superintendent and OSEP contact, we have decided to share the levels of determination for districts based data of greater than 10 students. Because we are a small state, we do not publically share information that can easily be identified at the student level…  a list of districts who were placed in a level [other than "meets requirements"] and had greater than 10 students in the specific data count.”

Bismarck School District Needs Assistance
Harvey School District Needs Intervention
Powers Lake School District Needs Assistance
Lisbon School District Needs Assistance
Milnor School District Needs Assistance

NOTE: 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.

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