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.

The LEA determinations for Washington are available here*. These ratings are important because they determine each LEA’s eligibility to reduce its local level of special education expenditures as allowed by IDEA (See Q#9 for details.)

On June 3, 2009, the state of Washington received a “Meets Requirements” rating from the U.S. Department of Education.  This is an improvement from its 2008 ratings of “Needs Assistance.”


*This information was obtained through a request for public records because it is not available on the Washington 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.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant”, Justice Louis Brandeis

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