In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education 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 South Carolina’s  performance and targets on 20 indicators.

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) in the state 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.

The LEA determinations for South Carolina for the 2007-2008 school year are available here.

Information on South Carolina’s LEA performance,  called “district profiles”,  is available here.

IDEA Money Watch obtained the South Carolina LEA determinations ratings via  a request for public records to the state department of education. The state does not make these ratings available to the public.

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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