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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Local Determinations/Notification to Districts Expected on June 30, 2010

Source: Heidi Atkins Lieberman, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Special Education Contacts

Date: June 16, 2010

For Your Information:

On June 30, 2010, a letter will be sent to the superintendent of each responsible public agency with a copy to the special education contact.

This letter will include a determination category for each agency, evaluating the agency's progress on some of the State Performance Plan (SPP) targets.  The categories are the same as those used by the U. S. Department of Education in identifying states' progress on the State Performance Plan (SPP) targets.  For more information on the SPP and the twenty indicators and targets:  http://www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/SPPpage.html.

States are given discretion to develop the criteria used to identify local responsible public agencies.  This year, that criteria had to be applied at a minimum to the required areas of: Audit Findings; Timely and Accurate Data; and, SPP Indicators 12 (Transition from First Steps to ECSE), 15 (Uncorrected Noncompliance), 11 (Initial Timelines), 13 (Secondary Transition Planning), and 9 and 10 (Disproportionality).

It is important to remember that none of these required areas involve quality performance issues.  They are, instead, compliance type items.

Additionally, it is important to remember that the determinations for compliance indicators are based on data from the 2007-08 school year (Indicators 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15).  Therefore, the identification may not accurately reflect where your agency is currently.  We have attempted, in development of the criteria, to allow credit for the hard work and efforts to correct non-compliance.

States were given discretion to include SPP indicators that addressed performance issues.  In Missouri, to be consistent with our focus on the areas of transition and elementary achievement, we have included a review of performance indicators on graduation rate, dropout rate, and MAP assessment in elementary communication arts (Indicators 1, 2, 3b, and 3c).  Data from the 2008-09 school year was used to evaluate the district's performance on these indicators.

We encourage you to discuss these determinations with your superintendent, your parent advisory groups, and other community stakeholders as soon as possible, as media attention is possible once the letters are sent out.

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