2023 SPP/APR and State Determination Letters, Part B — Northern Mariana IslandsPDF
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2023 SPP/APR and State Determination Letters, Part B — Northern Mariana Islands
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. U NITED S TATES D EPARTMENT OF E DUCATION O FFICE OF S PECIAL E DUCATION AND R EHABILITATIVE S ERVICES J une 23 , 20 2 3 Honorable Alfred Ada Commissioner of Education Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System P.O. Box 501370 CK Saipan , MP 96950 Dear Commissioner Ada : I am writing to advise you of the U. S. Department of Education ’ s (Department) 202 3 determination under Section 616 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Department has determined that Northern Mariana Islands needs assistance in implementing the requirements of Part B of the IDEA. This determination is based on the totality of Northern Mariana Islands ’s data and information, including th e Federal fiscal year (FFY) 20 2 1 State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR), other Entity - reported data, and other publicly available information. The Office of Special Educat ion Programs (OSEP) is continuing to use both results and compliance data in making determinations for outlying areas, freely associated States , and the Bureau of Indian Education (the Entities) in 202 3 , as it did for determinations in 20 2 2 . 1 Northern Mariana Islands ’s 202 3 determination is based on the dat a reflected in the Entity’s “ 202 3 Part B Results - Driven Accountability Matrix” (RDA Matrix). The RDA Matrix is individualized for each Entity and consists of: (1) a Compliance Matrix that in cludes 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 the Compliance Score and the Results Score ; and (5) the E ntity’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 Disabilities Education Act in 2023: 1 For the 2023 determinations, OSEP is using results data on the participation and performance of children with disabilities on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Starting in 2 023, OSEP is using the NAEP data in making Puerto Rico’s determination (as indicated in the 2022 determination letters to States and Entities). OSEP did not use NAEP data in making the BIE’s 2023 determination because the NAEP data available for the BIE were not comparable to the NAEP data available for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; specifically, the most recently administered NAEP for the BIE is 2019, whereas the most recently administered NAEP for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico is 2022. Page 2— Chief State School Officer Freely Associated States, Outlying Areas, and the Bureau of Indian Education -Part B ” (HTDMD). The specifics of the determination procedures and criteria are set forth in the HTDMD document and reflected in the RDA Matrix for Northern Mariana Islands . In making Part B determinations in 202 3, OSEP used results data related to: (1) the participation o f children with disabilities (CWD) on Regular statewide assessments; (2) the percentage of CWD who graduated with a regular high school diploma; and (3) the percentage of CWD who drop ped out. Prior to issuing the 2023 determinations, the Department asked stakeh olders for input regarding how the Department might prioritize equity and improve results for infants, toddlers , children and youth with disabilities . OSEP received input through a variety of sources. For its 2023 determinations, OSEP has factored only programmatic (not Department -wide) s pecific conditions when scoring the Longstanding Noncompliance element of the Compliance Matrix. Also, while Indicator 4B (significant discrepancy, by race or ethnicity , in rates of suspension and expulsion for children with disabilities ) continued to be a factor in each Entity’s 2023 Compliance Matrix, no Entity’s 2023 determination was negatively impacted due solely to its Indicator 4B data . For 2024 and beyond, the D epartment is considering the weight of existing as well as potential additional factors in making its determinations as part of its continuing effort to prioritize equity and improve results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities . Pot ential additional factors include how the Department considers assessment data, such as whether to continue including data on the participation and proficiency of CWD on the NAEP and/or whether to include data on the proficiency of CWD on Statewide assessm ents. Other potential factors include whether and how to consider child find under Indicators C -5 and C -6 and/or other longstanding noncompliance (such as unresolved findings issued by OSEP during and prior to FFY 2020) . Starting with the 2022 -23 data sub mitted to EDFacts, States or Entities will submit the majority of the IDEA Section 618 data collections (i.e., Part B Child Count and Educational Environments, Part B Personnel, Part B Exiting, Part B Discipline, and Part B Assessment) via the new EDPass s ystem. The Part B Dispute Resolution and the Part B Maintenance of Effort Reduction and Coordinated Early intervening Services data will continue to be submitted via EMAPS. The 2022 -23 IDEA Section 618 Part B data will continue to prepopulate the Part B SP P/APR Indicators 3, 5, and 6 as they have in the past. However, p lease note that there will be changes to the data submission and data quality processes associated with the 2022 -23 IDEA Section 618 Part B data under EDFacts Modernization. Under EDFacts Mod ernization, States or Entities are expected to submit high -quality IDEA Section 618 Part B data that can be published and used by the Department as of the due date for the applicable IDEA Section 618 data submission . Starting with the 2022 -23 IDEA Section 618 Part B data, States or Entities will be expected to conduct data quality reviews prior to the applicable due date. OSEP will expect States or Entities to take one of the following two actions for all business rules that are triggered in the EDPass or EMAPS system prior to the applicable due date: 1) revise the uploaded data to address the edit; or 2) provide a data note addressing why the data submission triggered the business rule. Please Page 3— Chief State School Officer note that States or Entities will be unable to submit the IDEA S ection 618 Part B data to the Department without taking one of these two actions. There will not be a resubmission period for the IDEA Section 618 Part B data. The 2022 -23 IDEA Section 618 Part B data submitted as of the applicable due date will be used fo r the FFY 2022 SPP/APR and the 2024 IDEA Part B Results Matrix. You may access the results of OSEP’s re view of Northern Mariana Islands ’s SPP/APR and other relevant data by accessing the EMAPS SPP/APR reporting t ool using your Entity -specific log -on information at https://emaps.ed.gov/suite/ . When you access Northern Mariana Islands ’s SPP/APR on the site, you will find , in applicable Indicators 1 through 1 7, the OSEP Response to the indicator and any actions that the Entity is required to take. The actions that the Entity is required to take are in the “Required Actions” section of the indicator. It is important for you to review the Introduction to the 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: (1) Northern Mariana Islands ’s RDA Matrix; (2) the HTDMD document; (3) a spreadsheet entitled “ 202 3 Data Rubric Part B,” which shows how OSEP calculated Northern Mariana Islands ’s “Timely and Accurate State -Reported Data” score in the Compliance Matrix; and (4) a document e ntitled “Dispute Resolution 20 21-20 22,” which includes the IDEA Section 618 data that OSEP used to calculate Northern Mariana Islands ’s “Timely State Complaint Decisions” and “Timely Due Process Hearing Decisions” scores in the Compliance Matrix . As noted above, Northern Mariana Islands ’s 202 3 determination is Needs Assistance . A State’s or Entity’s 202 3 RDA Det ermination is Needs Assistance if the RDA Percentage is at least 6 0% but less than 80%. A State ’s or Entity ’s determination would also be Needs Assistance if its RDA Determination percentage is 80% or above but the Department has imposed Specific Conditions on the State’s or Entity’s last three IDEA Pa rt B grant awards (for FFYs 20 20 , 20 21, and 20 22), and those Speci fic Conditions are i n effect at the time of the 202 2 determination. Northern Mariana Islands ’s determination for 20 22 was also N ee ds A ssistance. In accordance with Section 616(e)(1) of the IDEA and 34 C.F.R. § 300.604(a), if a State or Entity is determined to need assistance for two consecutive years, the Secretary must take one or more of the following actions: (1) advise the State or Entity of available sources of technical assistance that may help the State or E ntity address the areas in which it needs assistance and require the State or Entity to work with appropriate entities; (2) direct the use of State or Entity -level funds on the area or areas in which the State or Entity needs assistance; or (3) identify the Stat e or Entity as a high -risk grantee and impose Spec ific Conditions on the State’s or Entity’s IDEA Part B grant award. Page 4— Chief State School Officer Pursuant to these requirements, the Secretary is advising Northern Mariana Islands of available sources of technical assistance, including OSEP -funded technical assistance centers and resources at the following web site s: Monitorin g and State Improvement Planning (MSIP) | OSEP Ideas That Work , Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Topic Areas , and requiring Northern Mariana Islands to work with appropriate entit ies. In addition, Northern Mariana Islands should consider accessing technical assistance from other Department -funded centers such as the Comprehensive Centers with resources at the following link: https://compcenternetwork.org/states . The Secretary directs Northern Mariana Islands to determine the results elements and/or compliance indicators, and improvement strategies, on which it will focus its use of available technical assistance, in order to improve its performance. We strongly encourage Northern Mariana Islands to access technical assistance related to those results elements and compliance indicators for which Northern Mariana Islands received a score of zero. Northern Mariana Islands must report with its FFY 20 22 SPP/APR submission, due February 1, 20 24, on: (1) the technical assistance sources from which Northern Mariana Islands received assistance; and (2) the actions Northern Mariana Islands took as a result of that technical assistance. As required by IDEA Section 616(e)(7) and 34 C .F.R. § 300.606, Northern Mariana Islands must notify the public that the Secretary of Education has taken the above enforcement actions, including, at a minimum, by posting a pu blic notice on its website and distributing the notice to the media and through public agencies. As a reminder, Northern Mariana Islands must make its SPP/APR available to the public by posting it on its agency’s web site. Within the upcoming weeks , OSEP will be finalizing an Entity Profile that: (1) includes the En tity ’s determination letter and SPP/APR, OSEP attachments, and all Entity attachments that are accessible in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and (2) will be accessible to the public via the ed.gov website. OSEP appreciates Northern Mariana Islands ’s efforts to improve results for children and youth with disabilities and looks forward to working with Northern Mariana Islands over the next year as we con tinue our important work of improving the lives of children with disabilities and their 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, /s/ Val erie Williams Director Office of Special Education Programs cc: Northern Mariana Islands Director of Special Education 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.
(Grant Year 2021–2022 — Issued June 23, 2023)
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