Federal education officials are calling out more than half of states for failing to meet their obligations under the nation’s special education law.
This is the third year that federal officials have relied on a more rigorous standard to assess states. Previously, determinations were based on meeting procedural requirements like completing special education evaluations. Now, however, student performance and outcomes for kids with disabilities are also factored in state determinations.
Though fewer than half of states were found to meet requirements for the 2014-2015 school year, the latest report does indicate that a growing number of states are meeting the standard. By comparison, 19 states received letters last year indicating that they met their obligations under IDEA.
In the most recent assessments, the Education Department determined that Washington, DC “needs intervention” for the tenth consecutive year. Nevada also received that label, though it did not the previous year.
Meanwhile, states considered to meet requirements include 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 by the Education Department as “needs assistance.”
No state was given the most dire designation of “needs substantial intervention.”
Shared via Disability Scoop |by Michelle Diament | July 12, 2016