PA 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 Pennsylvania’s targets on 20 indicators. Information on the state’s SPP 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 Pennsylvania LEA performance, called “special education data reports” can be obtained from the Penn Data Web site.
PA LEA determinations (ratings) for the 2007-2008 school year are available here. * (PDF, 7 pgs) All but three districts in the state received a “Meets Requirements” rating (Boyertown, Chester Upland and Duquesne received a “Needs Assistance” rating). The state received a “Needs Assistance” rating from the U.S. Dept. of Education for the same year.
NOTE: This information was obtained via a request for public records since PA does not make this information available to the public. In fact, the state initially requested a fee of $325.40 to provide this information to IDEA Money Watch.
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.