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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Part B State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report

Source: Stephen Barr, 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: January 25, 2013

We have filed the IDEA Part B Annual Performance Report (APR) and revised State Performance Plan (SPP) with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  Both documents are posted on our website at:

The SPP, required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 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 eighteen 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; and, activities the state will undertake to improve performance and compliance in order to meet the targets.

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. 

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.