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Special Education Listserv

Subject: State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Special Education contacts, and others interested in special education services for children ages 3 to 21

Date: February 5, 2010

We have filed the Annual Performance Report (APR) and revised the State Performance Plan (SPP).  The SPP, required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and filed with the U. S. Department of Education, was developed with input from stakeholders and is the document that drives our monitoring focus.  This document, which connects compliance and performance, is used to evaluate each state's efforts in implementing IDEA.  The SPP includes 20 required indicators identified by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) (both compliance and performance related), baseline data reflecting the state's efforts to implement IDEA; measurable and rigorous targets for a six year period (2006 to 2011); and, activities the state will undertake to improve.

The APR is a report of the state's performance on the indicators and targets established in the SPP, due February 1 of each year.  Both the SPP and APR are posted on our website at:  http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/SPPpage.html.  

I encourage you to be familiar with the SPP and APR as we move forward with making the connection between compliance and student performance.  While the APR shows some improvement, there is still much work to be done to improve student achievement.  It is important that you share this information with your staff, parents, and community.

Thank you for your continued hard work on behalf of students with disabilities.