States Evaluated For Quality Of Special Education Services

Interesting data on each State’s compliance with special education law is now available.  For the first time, test scores and other assessments for students with disabilities will be used in determining if each State is meeting their obligations with the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  IDEA requires States to implement a State Performance Plan to determine compliance.  The State will have to report their findings and will be labeled that they meet requirements, need assistance, intervention or substantial intervention.  See  here for PDF of ranking criteria.  Previously, States’ were only evaluated to determine if they met procedural requirements like providing evaluations and meeting other deadlines set by law, rather than the quality of services delivered.  Federal funding may be withheld if States’ don’t meet performance standards.  Please see the summary report with current findings and to see if your State is meeting their requirements or in need of assistance.