WY 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 Wyoming’s performance targets on 20 indicators. Wyoming’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. Information on Wyoming’s determination criteria is not available on the state department of education web site.
The state must make LEA data on each indicator available to the public each year. Performance data on the State Performance Plan indicators for Wyoming’s local school districts in 2007-2008 is available here.
The determinations for Wyoming school districts are available here.
NOTE: This information was obtained by filling a request for public records with the Wyoming state department of education since it is not available on the state’s Web site.
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.