Each year, the US Department of Education conducts a review of the special education programs in each state, as required by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) laws. This year, less than half of the states “passed” the review; all others were found to need assistance. In the past, the Department considered only whether districts followed procedural requirements of IDEA (filling out paperwork appropriately, providing writing notices, etc.). But over the last three years, there has been a change in the scope of the evaluation. Now they also look at a student’s progress, performance, and outcomes.
Ohio is one of those states needing assistance. This is the same category we landed in last year. And since we are in the same spot two years in a row, the US Department of Education is required to take some type of enforcement measures against Ohio: a corrective action plan, withholding federal funds, etc. In Ohio’s case, the US Department of Education has advised Ohio of various sources for technical assistance in its areas of need, and requires Ohio to work with those entities toward improvement. The actual letter from the US Department of Education to Ohio Department of Education can be viewed here.
Curious which states passed inspection? Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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