OH LEA RATINGS
States must make annual determinations of each local educational agency (LEA) within the state to assess the implementation of IDEA based on performance on the State Performance Plan indicators; validity and reliability of data timely submitted by LEA; evidence of uncorrected noncompliance; and any audit findings. Ratings are one of the following: meets requirements, needs assistance, needs intervention or needs substantial intervention. The rating for each LEA is important because it determines the LEA’s eligibility to reduce its local level of special education expenditures as allowable under IDEA (see Q#9 for details). Only LEAs receiving a “meets requirements” rating are eligible to reduce local special education expenditures!
The ratings for LEAs in OHIO* for FY07 are available here (PDF).
*This information was obtained through a request for public records (FOIA) bacause it is not available on the Ohio state department of education website.
IDEAmoneywatch encourages all state departments of education to engage in full transparency and disclosure of all SPP-related information. An outstanding website to show such information has been developed by the Maryland State Department of Education.