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Special Education Listserv

Subject: State Performance Plan and OSEP's Evaluation of Missouri's Part B Program

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education, Special Education Contacts

Date: July 15, 2013

For Your Information:

Missouri recently received notification that the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has completed its evaluation of Missouri's performance under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and has identified Missouri in the determination category of "Meets Requirements."

To view the 2013 Determination letter to Missouri, Response Table, Explanation of Determination, and Compliance Matrix go to http://dese.mo.gov/se/SPPpage.html (under the OSEP Correspondence and Rankings Section). 

Missouri's State Performance Plan (SPP), required by the IDEA, provides measurable and rigorous targets for Missouri in the area of 20 required indicators identified by OSEP.  On February 14, 2013, Missouri filed the Annual Performance Report (APR) with OSEP; this reported the state's performance on the indicators and targets.  To view the 2013 SPP and APR go to: http://dese.mo.gov/se/SPPpage.html.   

The APR for each state underwent an evaluation process by OSEP over the last few months.  This evaluation involved a review of Missouri's performance on all of the indicators as well as a review of the state's ability to provide valid, reliable, and timely data for each of the indicators.  I encourage you to be familiar with these documents as the SPP drives our monitoring focus and reflects the connection between compliance and performance.

Today, a letter will be sent electronically to the superintendent of each responsible public agency in the state, with a copy to the special education contact, containing the Determination their agency received as a result of a review of their performance on selected SPP Indicators and other requirements.  An explanation of the indicators evaluated and the agency's performance on each one is also included with the letter.

Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of students with disabilities and for helping Missouri to meet IDEA requirements.