24 States Meet Federal Special Ed Requirements Fewer than half of U.S. states met federal special education requirements in the 2014–2015 school year, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education report. The findings are the result of an annual review mandated under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Just 24 states qualified at the “meets ... News in Brief
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24 States Meet Federal Special Ed Requirements
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24 States Meet Federal Special Ed Requirements
The ASHA Leader, September 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21092016.10
The ASHA Leader, September 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21092016.10
The findings are the result of an annual review mandated under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Just 24 states qualified at the “meets requirements” level, with the remaining identified as “needs assistance” or “needs intervention” for the 2014–2015 school year.
If states do not meet the requirements for two or more years, the Department of Education is required under the law to take enforcement action, which may include developing a corrective action plan, withholding funds or other changes.
This is the third year in which more rigorous standards are used to assess states. Previously, determinations were based on meeting procedural requirements like completing special education evaluations. Now, however, performance and outcomes for students with disabilities are also factored in state determinations. This accountability change radically dropped the number of states that meet requirements. In 2013, the last year compliance data were used, 41 states and territories met requirements.
A growing number of states are meeting the IDEA obligations, however. This year’s total of 24 states compares to the 18 that met standards in the first year of using student performance data, and 19 in the second year.
States considered to meet requirements are 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.
The remaining states were labeled as “needs assistance.” No state was given the designation of “needs substantial intervention.”
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