2018 SPP/APR and State Determination Letters PART B – Alabama
OSEP Response to SPP/APRPDF
OSEP Response to SPP/APR
400 MARYLAND AVE. S.W., WASHINGTON DC 20202 -2600 www.ed.gov The Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES June 28 , 2018 Honorable Eric Mackey Superintendent of Education Alabama State Department of Education Gordon Persons Office Building P.O. Box 302101 Montgomery , Alabama 36130 Dear Superintendent Mackey : I am writing to advise you of the U. S. Department of Education’s (Department) 2018 determination under section 616 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ). The Department has determined that Alabama needs assistance in implementing the requirements of Part B of the IDEA . This determination is based on the totality of the State’s data and information, including th e Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016 State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR ), other State -reported data, and other publicly available information. Your State’s 2018 determination is based on the dat a reflected in the State’s “2018 Part B Results -Driven Accountability Matrix” (RDA Matrix). The RDA Matrix is individualized for each State and consists of: (1) a Compliance Matrix that includes scoring on Compliance Indicators and other comp liance factors; (2) a Results Matrix that includes scoring on Results Elements ; (3) a Compliance Score and a Results Score ; (4) an RDA Percentage based on both t he Compliance Score and the Results Score ; and (5) the State’s Determination. The RDA Matrix is further explained in a document, entitled “How the Department Made Determinations under Section 616(d) of the Individuals with Di sabilities Education Act in 2018 : Part B ” (HTDMD). The Office of Special Education Programs ( OSEP ) is continuing to use both results data and compliance data in making determinations in 2018 , as it did for Part B determinations in 201 4, 2015, 2016, and 2017 . (The specifics of the determina tion procedures and criteria are set forth in the HTDMD and reflected in the RDA Matrix for your State.) In maki ng Part B determinations in 2018 , OSEP continued to use results data related to: (1) the participation of children with disabilities (CWD) on regul ar Statewide assessments; Page 2— Chief State School Officer (2) the participation and performance of CWD on the most recently administered (school year 201 6-201 7) National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); (3) the percentage of CWD who graduated with a regular high school diploma; and (4) the percentage of CWD who drop ped out. You may access the results of OSEP’s review of your State’s SPP/APR and other relevant data by accessing the SPP/APR module using your State -specific log -on information at osep.grads360.org. When you access your State’s SPP/APR on the site, you will find , in Indicators 1 through 16, the OSEP Response to the indicator and any actions that the State is required to take. The actions that the State is required to take are in two places: (1) actions related to the correct ion of findings of noncompliance are in the “OSEP Response” section of the indicator; and (2) any other actions that the State is required to take are in the “Required Actions” section of the indicator. It is important for you to review the Introduction to t he SPP/APR, which may also include language in the “ OSEP Response ” and/or “Required Actions ” sections . You will also find all of the following important documents saved as attachments to the Progress Page: (1) the State’s RDA Matrix; (2) the HTDMD document; (3) a spreadsheet entitled “201 8 Data Rubric Part B,” which shows how OSEP calculated the State’s “Timely and Accurate State -Reported Data” score in the Compliance Matrix; and (4) a document e ntitled “Dispute Resolution 2016 -17 ,” which includes the IDEA section 618 data that OSEP used to calculate the State’s “Timely State Complaint Decisions” and “Timely Due Process Hearing Decisions” scores in the Compliance Matrix . As noted above, the State’s 2018 determination is Needs Assistance. A State’s 2018 RDA Det ermination is Needs Assistance if the RDA Percentage is at least 6 0% but less than 80%. A State would also be Needs Assistance if its RDA Determination percentage is 80% or above but the Department has imposed Special Conditions on the State’s last thr ee IDEA Pa rt B grant awards (for FFYs 2015, 2016, and 2017 ), and those Special Conditions are i n effect at the time of the 2018 determination. States were required to submit Phase II I Year Two of the State Systemic Im provement Plan (SSIP) by April 2, 2018 . OSEP appreciates the State’s ongoing work on its SSIP and its efforts to improve results for students with disabilities. We have carefully reviewed your submission and will provide feedback in the upcoming weeks. Additionally, OSEP will continue to work w ith your State as it implements the third year of Phase III of the SSIP, which is due on April 1, 2019 . As a reminder, your State must report annually to the public, by posting on the Stat e educational agency’s (SEA’s) webs ite, the performance of each loc al educational agency (LEA) located in the State on the targets in the SPP/APR as soon as practicable, but no later than 120 days after the St ate’s submission of its FFY 2016 SPP/APR. In addition, your State must: (1) review LEA performance against targets in the State’s SPP/APR; Page 3— Chief State School Officer (2) determine if each LEA “meets the requirements” of Part B, or “needs assistance,” “needs intervention,” or “needs substantial intervention” in implementing Part B of the IDEA ; (3) take appropriate enforcement action; and (4) inform each LEA of its determination. Further, your State must make its SPP/APR available to the public by pos ting it on the SEA’s web site. Within the next several days, OSEP will be finalizing a State Profile that: (1) will be accessible to the public; (2) includes the State ’s determination letter and SPP/APR, and all related State and OSEP attachments; and (3) can be accessed via a URL unique to your State, which you can use to make your SPP/APR available to the public . We will provide you with the unique URL when it is live. OSEP appreciates the State’s efforts to improve results for children and youth with disabilities and looks forward to working with your State over the next year as we continue our important work of improving the lives of children with disabilities and thei r families. Please contact your OSEP State Lead i f you have any questions, would like to discuss this further, or want to request technical assistance. Sincerely, Ruth E. Ryder Acting Director Office of Special Education Programs cc: State Director of Special Education
(Grant Year 2016–2017—Issued June 28, 2018)
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